California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance
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September 30 '14 at 04:30 AM
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Slashdot's quis-custodiet-ipsos-drones? department
sends word that California governor Jerry Brown has
vetoed legislation that would have required warrants for surveillance using unmanned drones
. In his
(PDF), Brown said, "This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances. There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution."
The article notes that 10 other states already require a warrant for routine surveillance with a drone (Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin). Further, Brown's claims about the bill's exceptions are overstated — according to Slate, "
California's drone bill is not draconian
. It includes exceptions for emergency situations, search-and-rescue efforts, traffic first responders, and inspection of wildfires. It allows other public agencies to use drones for other purposes — just not law enforcement."
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