Bottom line

Georgia lawmakers should be applauded for their foresight in proposing regulations on the use of military-style surveillance drones by police and other governmental agencies.

Bills under consideration in the General Assembly would prohibit manned or unmanned aircraft from flying within 100 feet above the surface of a property for surveillance without a search warrant or permission of the property owner.

Thirteen states have passed similar drone legislation and several others are, like Georgia, establishing guidelines that protect the privacy rights of citizens as well as regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles – which could evolve into valuable tools for farmers, researchers and even law enforcement agencies.

With government and commercial use of this developing technology sure to expand, we are glad Georgia legislators are being proactive instead of reactive.

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