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Idaho Restricts Police Use of UAVs

Measure is ‘to prevent high-tech window-peeping’

Idaho has become the second state, after Virginia, to restrict police use of unmanned aerial vehicles.
On April 11, Idaho Gov. C.L. Otter, R, signed the bill—SB 1134—requiring police to obtain warrants to use drones to collect evidence about suspected criminal activity unless it involves illegal drugs or unless the unmanned aircraft is being used for public emergencies or search-and-rescue missions.
State Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, R, introduced the bill on March 11. At the time, Winder said the measure is “to prevent high-tech window-peeping.” Both houses of Idaho’s Assembly approved the bill last week.
The legislation amends Idaho’s Code by adding Section 21-213, which is titled “Restrictions on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Definition, Violation, Cause of Action.” It defines what a UAV is, and details that police must obtain warrants to use UAVs to collect evidence about suspected criminal activity.
It also bans anyone else from using drones to conduct surveillance on people or their property without written consent.
Click here to read the bill.