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article imageIdaho passes bill limiting use of drones

By Sami Zaatari     Apr 12, 2013 in Politics
The state of Idaho has passed legislation that would limit the use of drones by police, and other public agencies. The bill was signed and approved into legislation by the states Republican governor, Butch Otter.
The legislation would require the police to obtain a warrant in using drones for collecting evidence or any information.
The legislation would also bar drones from being used for surveillance on people, as well as their properties, and agricultural operations without their written consent.
However in the cases of drug related issues, an emergency disaster, or search and rescue, the operation of drones will be permitted without the need for a warrant.
The restriction on drone use in Idaho follows that of Virginia, which passed a 2 year drone moratorium bill. The Virginia bill, like the Idaho bill, would offer some exemptions, such as allowing drones to be used in the case of an emergency or disaster.
The use of drones in American skies has been a contentious issue with many Americans, and civil liberty groups worried about the technology and how it will affect people's privacy.
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