Washington State Bill Takes on Drone Spying, Would Hinder Federal Surveillance State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 16, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Washington state House would limit the 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.

A bipartisan coalition of nine representatives introduced House Bill 1102 (HB1102) last year and it was reintroduced and retained in its present status for the 2018 session last week.The legislation would require a warrant before deploying a drone to gather “personal information” without a warrant.

The bill uses the term “extraordinary sensing device” instead of “drone.” The term means, “a sensing device attached to or used in conjunction with an aircraft that is operated without the possibility of human intervention from within or on such aircraft, together with associated elements.” HB1102 also includes an expansive definition of “personal information,” which includes images from any part of the electromagnetic spectrum, including x-rays; sounds of any frequency; and scents, even if not detectable by the human nose.

The legislation does include some exceptions to the warrant requirement, including emergency situations that involve criminal activity and present an immediate danger of death or serious injury, the risk …

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