Andy Metzger reports:
Seeking limits on the use of technology by local police forces, lawmakers and civil liberties activists are pushing a bill that would regulate the use of unmanned aircraft by law enforcement and civilians.
“The potential is there for significant infringement of Fourth Amendment rights and privacy rights,” said Sen. Robert Hedlund, a Weymouth Republican, who described a recent “militarization of our police force.”
Hedlund’s bill, which he said was written by the American Civil Liberties Union, requires a warrant for the use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, in criminal investigations, prohibits data collection of peaceful activity, and bans the use of facial recognition technology except to identify the subject of a warrant.
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