At this stage in the ‘drone game,’ the feds are working hard behind the scenes to get states to operate the drones for them.

In fact, the primary engine behind the expansion of drone surveillance being carried out by states and local communities is the Federal government itself. Department of Homeland Security issues large grants to local governments so that those agencies can purchase drones. Those grants, in and of themselves, are an unconstitutional expansion of power.

The goal? Fund a network of drones around the country and put the operational burden on the states. Once the create a web over the whole country, DHS steps in with requests for ‘information sharing.’ Bills like these put a dent in this kind of long-term strategy. Without the states and local communities operating the drones today, it’s going to be nearly impossible for DHS plans to – take off.

In fact, this has been as much as confirmed by a drone industry lobbyist who testified in opposition to a similar bill in Washington State, saying that such restrictions would be extremely destructive to the drone market and industry.

Legend: Blue: Introduced. Yellow: Passed one or more houses. Green: Passed both houses. Red: Passed as Law. Purple: Failed Vote or Stalled in Committee

2013 Legislation

18 thoughts on “Drones: Privacy Protection Act

  1. Benjamin W. Mankowski, Sr.

    A4073, an Assembly bill significantly restricting the use of drones, passed out of committee Monday in New Jersey with amendments. The Senate version passed 36-0 with 4 not voting in June. So far, nothing is on the legislative calendar before the end of the year.

  2. Patricia McCaffrey

    I have seen drones over my house in Royal Oak, Michigan and have made up a little song.
    Twinkle, twinkle little drone, please don’t look into my home. I am certain were drones as three of them circled overhead without any helicopter sounds. I don’t like it a bit.

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