Minnesota Considering UAV Privacy Laws

The state of Minnesota is considering privacy laws for UAVs as the FAA is slowly opening the skies to them across the United States.  Twenty states have laws now and privacy activists are worried about mass surveillance of people.  It is mostly targeted towards law enforcement, but as past posts on this blog have mentioned, there are data privacy  concerns and agreements in the agriculture sector.

For mass surveillance, the story appears to assume a almost constant flock of drones tracking people, which in large cities like the Minneapolis/St Paul area would be very difficult.  As the 2015 Minnesota legislative session starts early in the year, it will be interesting to follow any legal developments on UAVs in the state.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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