Bloomberg: Creeps Embrace a New Tool: Drones

May 08, 2015

In the past two years, at least seven states have outlawed the use of drones to violate privacy, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. California is considering a bill that would expand trespassing laws to include piloting a drone within 350 feet above private property without permission.

“Drones have a lot of potentially useful and extremely innovative uses,” said Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson, the California Democrat who introduced the bill. “Invading our privacy and property without permission shouldn’t be among them. When we’re in our backyards, with our families, we have an expectation that we have a right to privacy.”