Charlottesville VA Puts Drone Use in Check

Charlottesville VA Puts Drone Use in Check

The Charlottesville, VA City Council is calling on Congress to pass legislation barring the introduction of information gathered by drones into a Federal or State court

Charlottesville is therefore the first city to pass an anti-drone resolution.

Councilmember Dede Smith supported the resolution, saying that “drones are…clearly a threat to our constitutional privacy.”

Added Smith: “If we don’t get ahead of it [and] establish some guidelines for how drones are used, they will be used in a very invasive way and we’ll left to try and pick up the pieces.”

As passed, the anti-drone resolution is watered down from its original version. The original draft of the resolution contained an all-out ban on the use of drones over Charlottesville and barred “municipal agencies from buying, leasing, borrowing, or testing any drones.” 

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