Lawmakers Propose Felony For Drone Photos Violating Privacy
In Phoenix, state legislators are advancing a bill that aims to protect privacy against intrusive drone use. The House Commerce Committee passed the legislation on Wednesday, which proposes making it a felony to intentionally capture photos, record, or otherwise observe someone in a private location with a drone where they have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Disagreements arose over the exact point at which someone’s privacy is considered violated, causing concerns that the bill’s wording is vague, with the potential to lead to unintentional violations.
Lobbyists concerned about unintentional drone photos and video
The legislation is not limited to amateur drone users; major companies are also concerned about the possible ramifications. A lobbyist for NBC Universal voiced concerns that their client could breach the law if homes were inadvertently filmed during regular News and sports coverage.
An insurance industry lobbyist also expressed worries about…