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 December 31, 2012  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Associated Press reports:

A Missouri lawmaker has proposed legislation to limit surveillance by drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles.

The bill proposed by State Rep. Casey Guernsey, R-Bethany, would require law enforcement officers to get a warrant before using drones to gather evidence or other information about criminal activities. It also would ban people, organizations and state agencies from using unmanned aircraft to conduct surveillance of people, farms or agricultural operations without the owner’s permission.

Read more on CBS St. Louis. I cannot find the text of his “Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act” up on the Missouri legislature’s web site at this time. The name of his bill is the same as a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate by Senator Rand Paul, and I expect the provisions will be somewhat similar.

I’m not sure how you get to ban surveillance of people in public spaces “without the owner’s permission,” though. Hopefully the text of his bill will clarify that.

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