Data collected by the Army National Guard’s unmanned aerial drones in American skies could be passed along to other government agencies, as long as it is “unintentionally and incidentally collected,” according to internal documents acquired earlier this week.
The “Proper Use Memorandum,” acquired by MuckRock, an organization dedicated to making government documents public, and shared with U.S. News, says that while unmanned aerial vehicles are not to be used to specifically “target” any “U.S. persons,” anything captured incidentally can be disseminated to other agencies.
“Any personally identifying information unintentionally and incidentally collected about specific U.S. persons will be purged and destroyed unless it may be lawfully retained and disseminated to other government agencies that have a need for it,” the document states.
National Guard organizations in at least 13 states and Guam have requested permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test or use drones in the United States. The states are California, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, according to the FAA.
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