IL Drone Law Extended to Private Operators

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Friday extending state drone regulations to private craft.

Supporters say the measure ensures citizens' expectations of privacy.

Drones are unmanned aircraft that can be used for surveillance. Lawmakers adopted a plan last year to regulate drones owned by law enforcement agencies to protect privacy.

The American Civil Liberties Union argued that the law needed to cover all drones because more and more private operators are conducting surveillance.

The law ensures that police agencies cannot hire private operators to do surveillance.
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The bill is SB2937
Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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