In response to complaints from a resident, the city of Hamilton, Ohio has passed a proposal to outlaw drone-based invasions of privacy. The legislation, approved last week, makes it illegal to use drones “to invade the privacy of another’s home, office, enclosed space, or the private space of another.”
The Hamilton City Council approved the legislation unanimously, despite the concerns raised by the members of a drone industry trade association called Drone Service Providers Alliance.
Journal News reports, rather than waiting to evaluate the concerns expressed by professional and hobbyist drone pilots alike, council members decided they would amend the ordinance in the coming weeks, if required.
The drastic move comes in response to the complaints from a longtime city resident who told council members a local guy was using his drone to peer inside windows, fly over children playing in yards, and even chase a young woman down the street.