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Markey airs privacy concerns over Amazon drones

A flying “octocopter” mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to Amazon.cml consumers.

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A flying “octocopter” mini-drone that would be used to fly small packages to Amazon.cml consumers.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Online retailer Amazon.com’s idea for super-fast delivery of packages by unmanned aerial drone has brought a ‘‘not so fast’’ response from one US senator

Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey says clear rules are needed to protect the privacy of Americans before commercial drones take to US airspace.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos told CBS’s ‘‘60 Minutes’’ that the company envisioned using unmanned drones to deliver goods in 30 minutes or less. He said the technology is still several years away and the Federal Aviation Administration would need to develop regulations.

Markey said in a statement on Monday that before drones can deliver packages, the FAA must ‘‘deliver privacy protections for the American public.’’

Markey has filed legislation to make sure drones aren’t used to spy on Americans.

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