NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2018) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill making changes to the state’s laws on drone surveillance. The new law tightens up some aspects of the current law, but relaxes provisions relating to data retention.
Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Brentwood) sponsored Senate Bill 1993 (SB1993). The legislation revises the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act passed in 2013. The new law does not substantially change the current statute. Police still must obtain a warranted before gathering evidence with a drone in most situations. The new law does add an exception for “judicially recognized exceptions to the warrant requirement.” It also adds some other exceptions to the warrant requirement, including allowing the use of a drone to investigate fire scenes and motor vehicle accidents, and to investigate crimes on “publically owned property.” Under the new law, police must operate drones “in compliance and consistent with applicable federal aviation administration rules, exemptions, or other authorizations.”
The most significant change to the current law relates to the storage and sharing of information. Under the old law:
“No data collected on an individual, home, or areas other than the target that justified deployment may be used,
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