The Associated Press
1:06 PM EDT, July 12, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
One of Virginia's most conservative lawmakers is working with the ACLU on legislation to regulate the use of unmanned aerial drones in the state.
Republican Del. Todd Gilbert of Shenandoah County and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia said Thursday that legislation will be introduced in the 2013 General Assembly session.
The increasing use of drones as a surveillance tool by police and government agencies has prompted privacy concerns nationwide. Gilbert says he and the ACLU believe drones should be strictly regulated by the state to protect Virginians' civil rights.
Gilbert's bill would require police to get a warrant before using drones. It also would require public monitoring and accountability, and mandate the destruction of any pictures acquired by drones unless they are part of an authorized investigation.
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