Illinois on Tuesday became the latest state to institute regulations of law enforcement’s use of drones.
The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democrat, was backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and signed into law by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, the Associated Press reports.
The legislation will require law enforcement to get a search warrant before they can legally collect information using sophisticated, unmanned “drone” aircraft. Exceptions carved out by the law are made for when the Department of Homeland Security deems drone surveillance is needed to thwart a terrorist threat.
A Quinn spokesman told NBC Chicago the governor signed the bill — which was approved by the Senate in April and the House in May — to help protect Illinoisans’ right to privacy.
Mary Dixon, legislative director of the ACLU Illinois, applauded Gov. Quinn’s signage of the bill in a Tuesday statement.