Police, sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies won’t be able to use drones to spy on Floridians except in special emergencies under a law that takes effect July 1.
Gov. Rick Scott signed the “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act” Thursday, making Florida the third state in the nation – along with Idaho and Virginia — to impose such a ban.
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The “Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act” bans law enforcement agencies from using drones unless:
- Terror: The secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security decides a high risk of a terrorist attack exists.
- Warrant: Sheriffs, police or other law enforcement agencies first obtain a search warrant.
- Danger: A law enforcement agency has reasonable suspicion that swift action is necessary to prevent imminent danger to life, such as to search for a missing child, to prevent serious property damage or to forestall the imminent escape of a suspect or prevent evidence from being destroyed.