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“New drone rules proposed” limiting surveillance

“Drones fly at the Autel booth during the International Consumer Electronics Show Jan. 7 in Las Vegas.” Photo credit: John Locher, The Associated Press.

From Melissa Santos, The Olympian:
“State lawmakers are again working to limit government and police use of drones after their most recent attempt was vetoed by Gov. Jay Inslee.

At least two proposals this year would require government agencies to get a search warrant before using unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, to conduct surveillance on individuals.

The ACLU is supporting Taylors bill, which the organization also helped draft.

Yet the measure still includes language that would limit public disclosure and retention of personal information collected by government drones, which was part of why Inslee vetoed Taylors previous legislation in 2014.

When vetoing the bill last year, Inslee announced a 15-month moratorium on state agency use of drones, which he said would give the Legislature time to craft new regulations.

Taylor said he altered his proposal this year so that it would no longer require personal data, recordings or photos collected by drones to be destroyed as quickly. He said his intent with the new bill is to let agencies keep images and recordings of people for about a year if they might be needed as part of an investigation.”
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Posted by Steve on January 25, 2015 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

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