Although Drone technology has a great future, drones are here right now. In fact, drone is one of the current technological devices with the greatest prospects for use. It is estimated that last year the drone business mobilized more than 7 million dollars worldwide in the distribution sector, and that this figure would approach 30 million by 2021.

Certainly, although its use is very widespread in the military field, it is in the civil field where its applications, with a broad range of use, presents the greatest challenges, although the actual legal framework reduces its possibilities due to a very restricted use of these devices. Nevertheless, we need to guarantee a safe use and fundamental rights protection in the civil use of drones.

Our aim in this paper is to develop an overview on the actual EU legal framework for civil use of drones outlining these challenges, and also on the Spanish regulation as a national case example.


Drone technology
EU dronelaw
Fundamental rights
Drone era


Rights and Science / R&S
Vol. 0 (2017), Issue 0


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