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In response to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s filing of a Freedom of Information Act request last October, the FAA has finally released its new drone authorization list. The foundation has been particularly keen to learn the circumstances under which the Department of Homeland Security provides drones to different law enforcement agencies across the country. With drone technology proliferating much faster than the ability to track it, it is fair to say that current methods of enacting and enforcing regulatory policy can not possibly keep up. Drones are the first among many new technologies that, with a single broad stroke, can create a microcosm of conflicting new governance. Any equitable oversight should only seek to mandate adherence to principle, rather than to detail as traditionally enforced by a narrow-minded and prosecutorial zealot
A landowner is entitled to compensation, if the interference caused by the flights is sufficiently direct, sufficiently peculiar, and of sufficient magnitude, to support a conclusion that a taking has occurred[xv].
Drennen v. County of Ventura, 38 Cal. App. 3d 84 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 1974).
[ii] Lacey v. United States, 219 Ct. Cl. 551 (Ct. Cl. 1979).
[iii] Powell v. United States, 1 Cl. Ct. 669 (Cl. Ct. 1983).
[iv] Hero Lands Co. v. United States, 1 Cl. Ct. 102 (Cl. Ct. 1983).
[v] Newark v. Eastern Airlines, Inc., 159 F. Supp. 750 (D.N.J. 1958).