Thursday, February 07, 2013

Don't Like Spy-Drones? You'll Have to Move

We note that Wisconsin is not on this list.

What do Montana, California, Oregon, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, North Dakota, Florida, Virginia, Maine, and Oklahoma have in common? They are all currently looking to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

It's not a complete and total ban:

...Virginia legislators included a provision that would allow the use of drones only in the case of emergencies or missing children.

[In Montana, Rep.] Rosendale is sponsoring a measure that would only let law enforcement use drones with a search warrant, and would make it illegal for private citizens to spy on neighbors with drones.

The full Montana Senate endorsed a somewhat broader measure Tuesday that bans information collected by drones from being used in court. It also would bar local and state government ownership of drones equipped with weapons, such as stunning devices.

...A Missouri House committee looked at a bill Tuesday that would outlaw the use of unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance on individuals or property, providing an exclusion for police working with a search warrant.

Here in Wisconsin, leggies are too busy to worry about police states.

(While I'm still not sure where "the right to privacy" is found in the Constitution, the 4th Amendment still exists.)

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