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Idaho Restricts Use of Spy Drones by Police
Authorities will need a warrant first
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2013 1:38 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department shows a deputy getting ready to use a small drone equipped with a camera.   (AP Photo/Mesa County Sheriff's Unmanned Operations Team)

(Newser) – Idaho has become the second state to restrict what one lawmaker calls "high-tech window peeping" by police or even nosy neighbors. The governor has signed a bill requiring police to get a warrant before using drones in most cases, reports Reuters. The new law also makes it illegal for public agencies—or anyone, for that matter— to conduct surveillance of a property via drone without permission. Only Virginia already has a similar law on the books, though other states are considering them as drones become a more routine police tool.

These aren't the types of behemoths flying around Afghanistan—this variety weighs maybe 50 pounds and has a video camera. Idaho's law is a good start, blogs Ed Krayewski at the libertarian Reason.com. "Of course government authorities won’t necessarily seek a warrant just because they’re required to," he adds, "and these types of legislation tend to leave a big loophole in the form of an 'imminent danger' exception." (The IRS knows something about lax warrant rules when it comes to privacy concerns.)

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Wrongdirection
Apr 13, 2013 12:42 PM CDT
I can't wait until we the people can suit the shit out of the departments that like to pull us over beside the road take everything out of our vehicles and then drive off without any Consequences, with your stuff left for you to place back or have to pay out of pocket to replace the damages. The same with them coming into your home doing the same thing.. oh sorry we have the wrong address after they search and trash your house! I say the laws need changed so we can sue the shit out of these departments. Give us some defense against Wrongful Search, Harassment, and Probable cause to search BS. Oh, your shoe was un-tied so were going to search you... Yes, I've been Harrassed and Searched because of other peoples lying asses! And had no recourse to that! The System is gone way overboard and it need to be brought back under control.. They are becoming more of a threat each and every day!
AveMaria
Apr 12, 2013 7:28 PM CDT
This is a good thing. Our government has become way too intrusive. I mean we have a mayor in New York trying to control what people eat and drink, we have police spying on us with drones, we even have a government that claims the right to murder an American citizen using a drone without them even having a trial! Our government has become authoritarian and something needs to stop and now!
oldgoat
Apr 12, 2013 2:42 PM CDT
Of course the legislature is buying into the scare tactics of the doom and gloom people. How is using a drone any different than paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to use a helicopter or airplane?