Utah Senate approves bill restricting drones

Friday , March 07, 2014 - 7:32 AM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — A measure to set some early restrictions on law enforcement’s use of unmanned aerial systems is advancing at the Legislature.

The Utah Senate unanimously voted 23-0 Thursday to give final approval to the drone bill. It advances to the House.

Draper Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson is sponsoring the bill and says privacy protections are needed now as drone technology improves and is more widely used.

Stephenson says the devices are useful to law enforcement and many other agencies, but legislators need to take steps to prevent Big Brother-style surveillance down the road.

His bill requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant before using a drone. It also imposes restrictions about what data can be collected and for how long.

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Online:

SB 167: http://1.usa.gov/1fIMWay

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