Group headed by Alaska US Senate candidate releases drone policy recommendations

A state policy group headed by a U.S. Senate candidate recommended that states require a warrant before conducting government surveillance using drones, and that they adopt stricter privacy restrictions than required by federal law.

In a policy paper, the Aerospace States Association (ASA), which met in Washington for an annual conference, called on states to prohibit unnamed aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, from tracking specific individuals without their consent; to limit the use, retention, and “repurposing” of data collected by drones by police departments; and to prohibit them from carrying weapons in commercial airspace.

“The paper we are releasing today, I believe, strikes a fine balance between protecting individual privacy rights as guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment and exploiting the significant economic and humanitarian benefits of UAS technology,” said Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell, ASA chairman, told the conference. Treadwell is also the favorite to win the Republican nomination and go on to defeat U.S. Senator Mark Begich.

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