Idaho Bans Government Spy DronesSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:28
Legislation pending in 31 other states
April 12, 2013
Idaho has become the second state in the US to ban warrantless spy drones being used by police or government, in an effort to protect privacy.
Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed legislation into law Thursday that restricts the use of unmanned vehicles by public agencies, and mandates that warrants must be obtained in order to collect evidence using the technology.
“We’re trying to prevent high-tech window-peeping,” Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, sponsor of the measure in the Republican-led Idaho legislature, told Reuters earlier this year.
The bill was passed by both the Idaho House and Senate last week, and it strictly prohibits the use of drones to spy on anyone in the state, or to conduct surveillance of their private property, without the person’s express written consent.