Sen Tomes has introduced SB 20 concerning the use of drones to monitor people. The bill would make it a Class D felony to monitor or observe an individual by using an “unmanned aerial vehicle” without the consent of the subject of the observation. It would also prohibit the use of evidence obtained through such monitoring by law enforcement as evidence in a judicial or administrative proceeding.
I’m not unsympathetic to this legislation, but I think the genie is out of the bottle in terms of being observed surreptitiously. If I’m reading this correctly, it would prohibit Google from using satellite imagery to update its maps. I think we’re in the Panopticon and we might just need to come to grips with that.