Drones have already been a target of the state legislature. Last year it passed the “Freedom from Drone Surveillance Act” – but rules about their surveillance could get even stricter. State and local cops must get a warrant before using the unmanned aircraft equipped with cameras for most cases. Extreme instances like kidnap or terrorism are exceptions.
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A new proposal sponsored by State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) would ensure law enforcement can’t use a third party’s drone without a warrant either. Biss says the idea of a future where drones can keep tabs on everyone is troublesome. “In the most extreme case you can envision people being followed around all day by essentially undetectable drones and allowing law enforcement to gather these giant data bases of where everybody is all the time,” he said.
His proposal has passed both chambers and is headed to the governor.