Should Michigan Become A No-drone Zone?

DETROIT (WWJ) – Look, up in the sky. It’s a bird … it’s a plane … no, it’s a drone! Because of drones, are we losing our privacy? Should Michigan become a no-drone zone?

In cast you’re unfamiliar with drones — which have been making headlines lately — they’re basically little flying machines that are commonly used by police departments to, they say, prevent crime. But there are virtually no laws regarding their use.

“Is big brother gonna be watching us,” asks State Rep Tom McMillin (R-Rochester). “These drones are mainly cameras in the sky and they can see where people are, and there’s gonna be 10,000 of them, so we really need to put the right restraints on drones.”

McMillin and Rose Mary Robinson, (D-Detroit) are scheduled to speak side-by-side on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Royal Oak Public Library along with Shelli Weisberg of the ACLU of Michigan and Dennis Marburger of the Michigan Campaign for Liberty.

“It is a diverse group and we all don’t agree on many issues,” said McMillin in a statement. “However, in politics, more and more I’m seeing coalitions like this on privacy and civil liberties issues.”

The forum is free and open to the public.

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