Experts Tell Senate: Privacy Laws Not Ready for Domestic Drones

Federal Laws Don't Cover Spybots Yet

The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing testimony from legal experts today, who warn that the privacy laws currently in place at the federal level are woefully unprepared for the drone technology about to explode nationwide.

To the extent aerial surveillance is covered at all, the law professors say, it is related to manned helicopters and planes, and not the sort of constant overflight of cheap, unmanned drones.

And flying drones are just part of the problem. There’s nothing on the books to even theoretically cover wall-climbing spider-shaped spybots, which horrifyingly enough actually is a thing now.

The experts were divided on whether the federal government should try to tackle the issue, however, with some arguing that the state governments should be the ones tackling this upcoming concern. Some states have already passed laws limiting spy drones, but most have not.

Author: Jason Ditz

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