New Jersey Bills Would Put Limits on Police use of Drones, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

TRENTON, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Two bills introduced in the New Jersey legislature would ban warrantless drone surveillance in most situations. Final passage of this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

Sen. Nicholas Sacco (D-North Bergen) introduced Senate Bill 577 (S577) on Jan. 9. Rep. Daniel Benson (D-Hamilton Square) introduced a companion bill (A1463) the same day. The legislation would require police to get a warrant before initiating drone surveillance or engaging in any law enforcement activities using an unmanned aircraft in most situations.

It would also ban arming drones with lethal or non-lethal weapons.

The proposed law would allow warrantless drone surveillance if the law enforcement agency has probable cause to believe that a person has committed a crime, is committing a crime, or is about to commit a crime, and exigent circumstances exist making it unreasonable for the law enforcement agency to obtain a warrant authorizing use of an unmanned aerial vehicle. It would also allow the use of a drone without a warrant with the written consent of a property owner and for locating missing persons.…

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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