HONOLULU, Hawaii (Dec. 16, 2017) – During the 2018 legislative session, the Hawaii Senate will take up a bill that would limit the warrantless use of surveillance drones. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.
Rep. Joseph Souki introduced House Bill 314 (HB314) last January. The legislation prohibit the use of an unmanned aerial vehicle to gather evidence or other information pertaining to criminal conduct, or conduct in violation of a federal or state law, without first obtaining a warrant.
The legislation also bans all weaponized drones.
Last spring, the Hawaii House passed HB314 by a 50-0 vote. The bill will carry over to the 2018 legislative session for consideration in the Senate.
Information or data obtained from an unmanned aerial vehicle used by a law enforcement agency would not be admissible in a prosecution or proceeding within the state unless it was obtained pursuant to a warrant, or in accordance with an exception to the warrant requirement, as provided by a court of competent jurisdiction.
HB314 also includes provisions relating to data retention.
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