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Wisconsin Geospatial News

Aerial drone bill signed into law

Governor Walker has signed Senate Bill 196, the Drone Privacy Protection Act, into law. The law becomes effective on April 10, 2014.

The law requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant prior to using a UAS to collect evidence, when an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The bill also prohibits individuals from using a UAS “with the intent to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another individual in a place or location where the individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy.”

For more information see the Wisconsin Legislative Documents Web site or on the Wheeler Report.