Illinois Proposal Would Tighten anti-Drone Surveillance Law

In the wake of the scope of government surveillance by Edward Snowden last June, state governments have taken the lead in restricting the rights of government entities to use electronic surveillance equipment on American soil.

Last month, an Illinois state legislator introduced bill to amend the state’s “Freedom from Drone Surveillance” law, restricting unlimited access by state law enforcement agencies to access information gathered by privately owned and operated drones.

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Washington State house passes anti-drone bill, 83-15

House Bill 2789 (HB2789) was filed by Rep. Dave Taylor (R-Moxee) and a bipartisan group of five democrats and six republicans. The bill prohibits the use of drones to collect personal information that “describes, locates, or indexes anything about a person” without a warrant “made in writing, upon oath or affirmation, to a judicial officer…where there is probable cause.”

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