Oklahoma City, Okla.
One Oklahoma GOP lawmaker and the ACLU are teaming up to put restrictions on drone flights in Oklahoma.
Representative Paul Wesselhoft says it comes down to privacy.
“Privacy is not a partisan issue, and I am confident we will find bipartisan agreement that our laws should keep pace with technology,” Wesselhoft says, R-Moore. “Our current laws do not contemplate RFID scanners that can collect your personal data at over 100 yards away and at 100mph, drones that can fit in your hand and can stay aloft for hours undetected, or that the government, without a warrant, can precisely track your movement with your cell phone.”
Absent an emergency, the proposed bill would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before drones can be used for surveillance in our state.
Ryan Kiesel is with the ACLU of Oklahoma. He states drone technology is becoming big business in our state.
“Those who would dismiss the need for increased privacy protections as speculative, should look no further than the growing industry in our own backyard," Kiesel says. "These technologies may seem novel to some, but the use of RFID tracking technology is already commonplace, our cell phones are already sending detailed geolocation information to our cell phone providers, and the domestic use of drones by the public and private sector will be routine in under five years.”
The pair is also looking to advance two other bills involving privacy in our state. Wesselhoft says the first would prohibit the Department of Public Safety from installing Radio Frequency Identification tracking technology in a driver’s license or state issued identification card. The other involves accessing geolocation data stored by a cell phone customer's cellular provider.