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Lawmakers Introduce Drone Privacy Bill

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

February 15, 2013

Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) are introducing legislation that would limit the domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), The Hill reports. The bill would require law enforcement to obtain warrants for UAV use in criminal cases, except in emergency situations, the report states. Poe said, “Any form of snooping or spying, surveillance or eavesdropping goes against the rights that are outlined in the Constitution.” The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has applauded the legislation. ACLU Legislative Counsel Chris Calabrese said, "By requiring that law enforcement secure judicial approval before using drones, this legislation achieves the right balance for the use of these eyes in the sky.”
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