The Department of Commerce is issuing a notice of its intent to establish a new system of records entitled “COMMERCE/DEPT-29, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.” The use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) significantly expands the Department's ability to collect data critical to its mission. UAS may be used by the Department of Commerce for a variety of purposes, including research, disaster relief efforts and other rescue efforts, storm tracking, law enforcement, and coastal mapping.
As compared to manned aircraft, UAS may provide a lower-cost operation and augment existing capabilities while reducing risks to human life. The Department is committed to ensuring that collection, use, retention, or dissemination of information about individuals through the use of any technology, including UAS, complies with the Constitution, and Federal law, regulations, and policies. Department of Commerce invites public comment on the new system.
Written comments must be submitted on or before March 14, 2018. This new system of records will become effective on February 12, 2018, unless the modified system of records notice needs to be changed as a result of public comment.
Full details are available via the Federal Register.