Nov 052012
 
 November 5, 2012  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Brendan Sasso reports:

The privacy groups are pushing Congress to pass a law that would set nationwide restrictions on how police can use drones.

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“Drones should only be used if subject to a powerful framework that regulates their use in order to avoid abuse and invasions of privacy,” Chris Calabrese, a legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said during a congressional forum in Texas last month.

He argued police should only fly drones over private property if they have a warrant, information collected with drones should be promptly destroyed when it’s no longer needed and domestic drones should not carry any weapons.

He argued that drones pose a more serious threat to privacy than helicopters because they are cheaper to use and can hover in the sky for longer periods of time.

Read more on The Hill. There have been some privacy-protective bills introduced, but will they have enough support to pass?