May 3, 2013
Ms. Allie Bohm, American Civil Liberties Union
I am writing to invite you to join with the Aerospace States Association (ASA), the
Council of State Governments (CSG), and the National Conference of State Legislatures
(NCSL) in an important and timely dialogue on privacy issues related to incorporating
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the national airspace.
I believe we all view privacy as a serious issue that our constituents are concerned about,
yet we also see the long-term benefits in the use of unmanned aircraft for carrying out
missions that are otherwise dirty, dull or dangerous. Commercial use could also create
high paying jobs and environmental benefits that could transform our economy.
Many states have begun drafting legislation to address the privacy concerns related to
UAS. We want to give thorough, thougtful consideration to all sides of the issues in order
to develop suggested legislation for consideration by the states.
Please be a part of this effort by reviewing the attached plan we’ve developed and
submitting your comments to Bob Davis by Email to email@example.com, fax to
202-862-2400 or mailed by post to Cadwalader, 700 6th Street, NW, Suite 300,
Washington, DC 20001 by June 1. Your submission should address civil, commercial
and personal use of UAS and contain your views on the “assumption of privacy” in UAS
use. Your submission should not exceed three pages. An independent law firm,
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, and leaders of state government associations will
review your submission and draft best practices and suggested legislation based on your
comments, to be presented at a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. on August 14.
You are invited to participate in the roundtable to personally discuss the results of our
Thank you for your leadership, and for taking the time to participate in this dialogue.
Lieutenant Governor, State of Alaska
Chair, Aerospace States Association
The Aerospace States Association
107 S. West Street, Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (202) 257-4872 E-mail: AerospaceStates@comcast.net