Oversight Hearing on Tuesday Will Examine the Innovative Uses and Privacy Challenges of Drones

February 12, 2015

SACRAMENTO – State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on Tuesday afternoon that will examine the significant legal questions and privacy challenges created by drones.
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, “Drones: Is California Law Ready? The Potential, the Perils, and the Impact on Our Privacy Rights,” will include testimony from industry leaders, privacy rights groups, representatives of the media, law enforcement and others. It will be held Tuesday, February 17 at 2:30 p.m. or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session in Room 4203 of the State Capitol in Sacramento.
“Drones are becoming popular and prevalent,” said Jackson. “There is no doubt this is an emerging technology with innovative and ground-breaking potential. But these small devices also raise big legal questions that deserve a robust and thoughtful public conversation. As technology advances at lightning speed, we need to ensure that our long-held values, and our right to privacy, are not left in the wake.”
Jackson is the author of SB 142, which would prohibit drones from entering someone’s private property without their permission and invading their privacy. It would clarify that long-established definitions of private property and trespassing apply also to drones.
Tuesday’s hearing will be televised live on calchannel.com. A copy of the hearing agenda is attached.