Big Brother will not be watching you, at least not in Illinois with a civilian drone contracted to police agency, if Governor Pat Quinn signs a bill the Legislature passed just before this weekend’s adjournment. The House unanimously OK’ed a State. Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) amendment to last year’s Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act adding new limits to police use of unmanned aircraft.
The amendment would keep police from using privately-owned drones to gather information they wouldn’t be allowed to collect with their own. The American Civil Liberties Union called for more “explicit language” so cops couldn’t turn to private drone operators to evade the earlier law’s restrictions. Another amendment will allow police to use a drone to survey a disaster or public health emergency without a search warrant, however.
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