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Wis. Senate votes to limit use of drones

  • Associated Press
  • February 18, 2014 - 1:25 PM

MADISON, Wis. — It would be a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where people have a reasonable expectation of privacy under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin state Senate.

The bipartisan bill approved Tuesday on a voice vote would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. Police could use drones freely in certain emergency situations like manhunts or rescue operations.

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits in the face of an expanding use of the technology.

The proposal also would make it a felony to sell, possess or operate a weaponized drone.

The measure now heads to the Assembly.

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