Friday, September 7, 2012
In July, we wrote about how drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were coming home from our wars to be put to use by police departments to track people at home.
Well, a congressional report released today says under existing law, police departments and other law enforcement can use drones for just about any kind of search they want without a warrant:
"Unless a meaningful distinction can be made between drone surveillance and more traditional forms of government tracking, existing [law] suggests that a reviewing court would likely uphold drone surveillance conducted with no individualized suspicion when conducted for purposes other than strict law enforcement."
That kicker quote comes on page 17; read the full study here. And kiss your expectations for privacy goodbye.