Feb 042013
 February 4, 2013  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Emily Ramshaw reports:

A drone, no bigger than a toy airplane, hovered north of the Texas Capitol, floating over the heads of lawmakers who were momentarily distracted from their morning meetings. Several of them gathered beneath it, faces tilted skyward, marveling over a pair of goggles that allowed them to watch live video of the craft’s panoramic bird’s-eye view.

But when the conversation turned to the reason for the demonstration, the tone shifted. Representative Lance Gooden, Republican of Terrell, said he was sponsoring legislation to prevent this futuristic technology — increasingly used by everyone from aviation hobbyists to law enforcement authorities — from capturing “indiscriminate surveillance.”

The bill is an effort, Mr. Gooden said, to defend Texans’ right to privacy: “Why should the government or anyone else be able to watch my every move?”

Read more on The New York Times.

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