In July of last year,
Even though HR 6199 never passed during the 112th session of the Congress,
“It’s my opinion that Congress should take the lead on this issue, rather than wait for cases to occur, and those cases end up in different courts throughout the country,”
In his guest blog on HR 6199 for Texas on the Potomac,
The “Preserving American Privacy Act” will:
? Prevent the FAA from issuing a permit for the use of a drone to fly in US airspace (for law enforcement purposes or for surveillance of a person or their property) unless it is pursuant to a warrant and in the investigation of a felony. This prohibition would be applicable to State, Federal, and local jurisdictions.
? Prevent the FAA from issuing a permit to any private individual for the use of a drone for surveillance of any private individual or their property unless the person under surveillance has consented or the owner of the property has consented.
? No evidence obtained from the use of a drone may be used at an administrative hearing.
? The warrant exceptions would be the same as those that are applicable in the state, federal, or local jurisdiction where the surveillance occurs.
? The bill would not change the permissible uses for border security purposes.