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Drone Bill Gains Discussion In Austin

Drone Bill Gains Discussion In Austin

A bill that would prevent unmanned drones from keeping a prying eye on you is going to be debated in Austin. But there is opposition to it.

Some of that opposition, according to electronic privacy activist Scott Henson is from law enforcement.

“They don’t like it anytime that anyone wants to restrict potential techniques they can use. No one is saying they can’t do it. Just get a warrant,” Henson stated.

Law enforcement officials have asked for exemptions in the bill. Henson says they should not get any.

“If they get a warrant, fine. Otherwise there has to be some regulation,” Henson said.

Former Houston police officer Mike Knox told KTRH it's really not law enforcement that has a problem with the potential restrictions.

“Among the detractors are a lot of private investigators and technology companies. You know, people that would sell these drones to others,” Knox said.

Knox tells KTRH the police officials objecting to the bill are in the minority.

“Imaging technology can never prevent any crime,” Knox stated.

And Knox also says it isn't the police don't use the drones.

“It’s such new technology. If there is no action taken on it, you’ll see a plethora of these things on it, from private investigators,” Knox explained.

Knox also says since it's so late in the session, the bill may not make it through.

 

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