Insurers and privacy experts discuss the implications of civil drones

10 November 2014

On Monday 10 November, the Lords Sub-Committee on the Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment will be taking evidence from insurers and privacy experts on whether the civil use of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) or ‘drones’ poses a challenge to existing regulations.

This is the sixth evidence session in the Committee’s ongoing inquiry into the civil use of RPAS in the EU. The Committee plan to publish their report in early March.


On Monday 10 November 2014 at 4.15pm in Committee Room 2.

Confirmed witnesses for the first session on insurance and liability are:

  • Simon Phippard, Counsel, Dispute Resolution Group, Bird and Bird LLP
  • Philip Heath, John Heath Insurance Brokers LLP

The Committee will focus on finding out how insurance premiums for RPAS are determined, whether existing insurance for manned aircraft is applicable to unmanned aircraft and how well the insurance industry is prepared to cope with a drone ‘disaster’.

At 5.15pm the Committee will take evidence from the following privacy experts:

  • David Goldberg, Academic;
  • Peter Lee, Senior Associate, Taylor Vintners LLP;
  • David Smith, Deputy Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office.

The Lords will hope to determine whether existing privacy regulation and rules governing data protection are adequate given the rapid increase in use of this new technology.

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