Idaho joins Virginia in restricting the use of unmanned aircraft

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April 29, 2013


By Josh Altic

Boise, Idaho: One of the last laws of the 2013 Idaho legislative session makes Idaho the second state, along with Virginia, to restrict the use of drones by police and public agencies to protect privacy rights.

Currently federal regulations enforce limitations on the kinds of drones that can fly in U.S. airspace, but more widely permitted use of unmanned aircraft is expected to be available according to federal law in coming years. Earlier this month Governor Butch Otter signed into law Senate Bill 1134 which requires police to obtain a warrant to use drones for surveillance and evidence gathering.[1]

Concerning this measure, Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder said, "We're trying to prevent high-tech window-peeping."[1]

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