Legislation relating to drones is starting to actually get put into place, and so far I think it has all be pretty reasonable. The most recent law was signed into law by Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter. According to an article on the Capital Press website:
The new law, which prevents any person, entity or public agency from using a UAV to conduct surveillance or observation of private property, requires law enforcement to obtain warrants in most cases before using drones to collect evidence.
This legislation is exactly the type of level-headed, fair lawmaking that we need to see. It protects people from unlawful searches, but at the same time still allows for increased drone usage on private property. This is extremely important as more and more farmers start to utilize UAVs to better monitor their crops.
I have written previously about the many uses of UAVs, and agriculture is one area that can benefit greatly from this rapidly evolving technology. Farmers can better monitor the growth of their crops and more efficiently use things like fertilizer and pesticides. For those farmers with livestock it is easier for them to monitor their herds without using excessive amounts of time, or using expensive tools like manned planes or helicopters.
What really makes this law important is protecting the farmers from groups like PETA who could use drones to spy on farmers and create unnecessary legal issues.
This is one of countless laws that we will continue to see popping up over the coming years relating to drones, and it is a very important one. We can only hope that the rest of the new laws will be equally moderate and allow the technology to grow and evolve while at the same time protecting the rights and privacy of everyone.
What types of legislation do you think we need to see as it relates to drones?