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Michigan Lawmaker Aims To Limit The Use Of Drones

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A Skylark drone aircraft (Credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A Skylark drone aircraft (Credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - A Republican Michigan lawmaker has proposed measures to restrict the use of pilotless aircraft by law enforcement to gather information.

The bill introduced Thursday by Republican Rep. Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills would require police to either have a warrant or show an imminent danger before using a drone.

“Since drone technology is developing so rapidly, we should prepare now for the legal and practical challenges that are quickly approaching us, while allowing the reasonable, very narrow, use of drones by law enforcement to aid in our citizens’ protection,” McMillin said in a statement.

Law enforcement would have to immediately destroy any information gathered by the drone not related to the target. Information gathered from the drone couldn’t be used as evidence in court.

McMillin said Michigan “citizens should not have to worry about Big Brother looking down on them from above.”

The American Civil Liberties Union also backs the bill.

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