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Idaho Passes Drone Privacy Law

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 12, 2013

Amid growing concerns over privacy, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed a law restricting the use of unmanned aerial aircraft (UAV) by law enforcement and other public agencies, the Chicago Tribune reports. Idaho now becomes the second state, after Virginia, to pass legislation limiting UAV use. To use the burgeoning technology, law enforcement will need to obtain a warrant prior to collecting evidence on suspects, unless the criminal activity involves illegal drugs or if the UAV is being used for public emergencies or rescue missions, the report states. Idaho Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Widner said, “We’re trying to prevent high-tech window-peeping.”
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