HARTFORD, Conn. – A legislative committee backed recommendations Thursday to limit how law enforcement authorities can use unmanned aerial drones for surveillance.
The Program Review and Investigations Committee reviewed a report by its staff on regulating drone aircraft. The state does not have the authority to regulate most commercial unmanned aircraft. That responsibility falls to the Federal Aviation Authority, which is expected to release draft regulations sometime next year.
However, the state can regulate government-owned drones. The issue came up during the 2014 legislative session when the Connecticut American Civil Liberties Union advocated for an unsuccessful bill that would have created a new class of crimes for privacy violations involving drones and would have required police to obtain a search warrant before using drones to collect information.
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