Are you protected if a drone looks through your window or if a neighbor flies over your yard?
To address such concerns, various state lawmaking bodies have passed drone specific laws to ensure privacy. Nevada, which hopes to create a drone test site, is on the list.
The Legislature in Nevada unanimously endorsed a bill, effective Oct. 1st, that forbids the weaponization of UAVs and permits homeowners to file trespass charges involving drones in specific circumstances. It additionally requires law enforcement acquire warrants when using drones near private homes, where there is an expectation of security and privacy.
According to bill sponsor Assemblyman Elliot Anderson:
“We passed a resolution that encouraged the Federal Aviation Administration to create a test site in Nevada, and I realized then we hadn’t really thought about privacy. I decided if we were going to have the UAV industry come to the state, then we should give Nevadans some comfort with the privacy regulation because there really isn’t a lot right now that is suitable for this new technology.”
“I have seen UAVs equipped with very, very powerful machine guns on YouTube. It can be done. It’s one of those things people think about when they think of UAVs, so I wanted to be able to say, “This isn’t allowed in our state.” That’s another way, I think, to make people more comfortable with the technology.”
“It provides additional protection for homeowners. Police already need a warrant under the Fourth Amendment if a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy, which is mostly at home. This bill extends it to the curtilage of a residence, which in layman’s terms means your backyard, your front yard, areas that are part and parcel with your home. The reason is, this is a different technology. It can go into tighter spaces. It can go into your backyard, and you might not even know.”
This bill is intended to strike a harmony between securing individuals’ protection and fostering drone industry growth.
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