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SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker is looking to set limits on surveillance of Utahns by unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, in the wake of privacy concerns.


SB167 would prohibit state agencies from using drones without a warrant except in specified situations such as natural disasters, national security threats and other emergency situations, or if the subject of surveillance provides written consent.


If passed, the bill would regulate drone use by law enforcement and regulatory agencies on the local and state levels.


“With all the questions about privacy of U.S. citizens with the NSA concerns and with concerns about surveillance of citizens, I felt that, with this new technology, it was important to create standards in the statue to guide the use of unmanned aerial surveillance of citizens to ensure that our privacy is not violated,” said bill sponsor Sen. Howard Stephenson, R-Draper.


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