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Delegate Miller Introduces Legislation to Limit Use of Drones


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Maryland State Delegate Democrat Aruna Miller, who represents parts of Germantown from the 15th District, is sponsoring legislation to protect citizens from the unauthorized use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones surveillance.

The rapid development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems technology over the past several years has decreased the price and accessibility of drone technology. Small portable UAS equipped with GPS systems and cameras are now available for consumer purchase with price points hovering just over one thousand dollars.

Miller indicated, “While the emergence of this technology is exciting and holds great promise, it also raises significant concerns about its potential use for unauthorized surveillance on an individual’s privacy.”

The bill (HB 620) prevents state agencies from conducting surveillance using drones without first obtaining a warrant. There are exceptions in the bill for drone use during emergency response situations and for search and rescue. The bill further makes it illegal for private citizens to use drones to eavesdrop on their neighbors.