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Washington State tries to craft drone laws

Discussion in 'News' started by GoodnNuff, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. GoodnNuff

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    SEATTLE -- A bi-partisan effort is underway in Olympia to put guidelines and restrictions on how private citizens can use drone-operated cameras. Similar legislation, mainly focused on government usage, was vetoed by Governor Jay Inslee after the last legislative session.

    "It takes away the right for you to buzz a neighborhood, to surreptitiously take pictures randomly to see what you find," said Rep. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes), co-sponsor of House Bill 1093.

    http://www.king5.com/story/news/2015/01 ... /22264673/
     
  2. Meta4

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    Isn't it time all these me-too legislators got a dose of reality?
    They hear of somewhere else bringing in anti-drone photo rules so think it's a good idea.
    It's all based an the myth that personal drones are good for spying and a fear from the ignorance confusion of recreational multicopters with military drones.

    Rep. Morris said the main desire of the measure is to protect the privacy of homeowners from cameras that can often go undetected. "The public doesn't know the strength of the cameras, so they have an expectation of privacy," he added. "That's what we're trying to protect."

    These legislators don't know the strength of the cameras either. If a drone is far enough away that it's undetected it's not invading your privacy but all kinds of (non-drone) cameras that can invade your privacy go undetected and are around every day. There are existing laws guarding privacy and no need for new laws to protect anyone's privacy from multicopters.

    The Small UAV Coalition should be actively dispelling the fears, myths and ignorance that are making these hick politicians go this way. They should be taking the lawmakers flying, giving them an understanding of what they can and cannot do, showing them the many valuable uses for drones and showing them how much innocent fun they can be.
     
  3. sdtrojan

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    Are they high? Wait, bad question, they legalized marijuana there...