Washington state to protect citizens’ privacy from drones

On January 29, 2015, the House Technology & Economic Development Committee passed Bill 1093 which prohibits flying drones onto someone’s private property and record them without their consent.

“The legislature intends to protect personal privacy by prohibiting the use of unmanned aircraft equipped with sensing devices that collect personal information, including images of individuals on private property that could not have been captured without the assistance of the unmanned aircraft”.

The Bill deals with “unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)” (drones) which in the background of the Bill are described as “aircraft[s] without a human pilot onboard. The flight is controlled either autonomously by computers onboard, or under the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle”

The definition given in the Bill for “unmanned aircraft” (“UA”) is “an aircraft operated without a physical human presence onboard”

Bill 1093 is available at http://lawfilesext.leg.wa…

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