2. Who is this handbook for?


This handbook is for individuals or companies who would like to utilise drones for commercial activities in their professional capacity. Groups of professional users that this handbook may assist include:

  • If you are planning on using drones to provide a service or deliver goods, this Handbook will help you understand how to respect people’s privacy and comply with the relevant privacy law in the EU
  • More specifically, if you are using drones in the context of precision agriculture, for surveying infrastructure, mapping an area, to record an event, capture cultural and historical sites, for rescue missions during emergencies or to use as wireless service providers, this Handbook, together with our case studies can help you grasp the privacy and data protection implications of your activities.
  • If you want to use drones for environmental purposes or disaster or humanitarian relief, this Handbook will explain what you should be aware of in emergency situations.
  • If you are a drone manufacturer, some privacy requirements during the manufacturing process will also be briefly explained.
  • If you are offering flight training courses for drones, this Handbook can help you and your students understand some of the privacy and data protection principles of the EU.

If you plan on using drones, you should be aware of the privacy issues, including the data protection requirements, which may arise when you use drones. To save yourself time and potential legal troubles, consider consulting a legal professional and ensure that you take sufficient safeguards to protect the privacy of the people who happen to be around when you use drones. This handbook will help you better understand privacy and data protection, as well as how your activities could threaten them.

Please note, this Handbook is not aimed at the following groups of professional users:

  • Law enforcement agencies – there are special rules in 2 European Directives on how law enforcement should handle personal data and privacy in the context of criminal offences and terrorism and serious crimes.
  • Journalists – you should consult your national legislation, professional codes of conduct and guidelines, as well as your national professional association to understand how you should respect people’s privacy. You can find useful guidance here.
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