May 302013
 
 May 30, 2013  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Texas is turning out to be a hotbed of privacy-protective legislation recently.  D. Goodwin writes:

A Texas bill that would nullify warrantless drone spying gained final approval this week and now heads to Gov. Rick Perry’s desk for his signature.

HB912 would virtually eliminate all warrantless drone spying in the Lone Star State and criminalizes all drone use outside of carefully prescribed parameters.

The Texas Privacy Act states that “a person commits an offense if the person uses or authorizes the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture an image without the express consent of the person who owns or lawfully occupies the real property captured in the image.” The offender would be charged with a Class C misdemeanor if they were caught violating this part of the law.

The bill then outlines acceptable application of drones, including pursuant to a criminal warrant.

Read more on Tenth Amendment Center.

Update: Grits for Breakfast had a commentary on the bill that is worth noting here.

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