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States Propose Limiting Police Drones

February 05, 2013  | 

Screenshot via AeroVironment.
Screenshot via AeroVironment.

Lawmakers in at least 11 states are looking at plans to restrict the use of drones over their skies amid concerns the unmanned aerial vehicles could be exploited to spy on Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union says state legislators are proposing various restrictions on local authorities' use of the technology.

Concerns mounted after the Federal Aviation Administration began establishing safety standards for civilian drones, which are becoming increasingly affordable and small in size.

Read the full Associated Press story.

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oldcop @ 2/6/2013 1:10 PM

So it is alright for the Fedral Government to do it with the spy satellites but not the Local Government.

Jim B. @ 2/7/2013 7:17 AM

So what differentiates the unmanned drones from what cops can already do with a helicopter or fixed wing aircraft? Is it the smaller size and presumably quieter operation?

Looking at it from a cost perspective, if an agency could perform many of the same functions as a helicopter but with a much cheaper alternative, wouldn't that be a good thing?

And what kinds of restrictions are we talking about. Seems to me if the drones were to be operated in the same areas that a regular helicopter operates there would be no problem. I mean, I guess I wouldn't want the drone hovering outside my bedroom window, which, obviously they wouldn't do with a helicopter. But, for example, if the drones had to maintain the same minimum altitudes as a full sized chopper, I don't see any issue.

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