AB 1327, a bill to nullify unwarranted drone spying in the State of California, has passed out of committee and will soon be up for a full Assembly vote.
Among other safeguards, the bill would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant based on probable cause before using a drone to collect evidence. Exceptions would include emergencies such as a hostage crisis, fire, hot pursuit of a suspected criminal or search-and-rescue operation over land or water. It would allow cities and counties to enact even more restrictive policies if they choose to do so.
AB1327 would also “require that public agencies permanently destroy all data and images collected by an unmanned aerial device within 10 days unless required as evidence of a crime or as part of a court order. A person who is subject to surveillance without consent may seek and obtain an injunction prohibiting the use of images, footage, or data related to the person that was obtained through the surveillance, and would provide for the awarding of liquidated damages of five thousand dollars ($5,000) for each day of surveillance and any actual damages in excess of that amount.”
The bill now advances to the Assembly Floor, and it needs your help for passage.
1. Contact your Assembly member. Firmly but respectfully ask them to vote YES on AB1327. PHONE CALLS will have much more impact than an email.Details