(1) Law enforcement authorities must obtain a warrant in order to deploy a drone
and conduct surveillance. Exceptions are emergency situations in which there is
In order to obtain a warrant, an agency must have probable cause.
They must provide information detailing specific reasons why a drone is necessary to
gather evidence relating to a criminal offense. As outlined in the Drone Aircraft Privacy
and Transparency Act of 2013 (H.R. 1262), a statement regarding data collection should
also be provided, including the location where the drone will be deployed, the length of
time, and whether personal information will be gathered. If yes, then details regarding the
type of data, length of storage, and procedures for destroying irrelevant data must also be
Deployment of a drone in emergency situations such as fires or in search and
rescue missions, a law enforcement agency may bypass obtaining a warrant.
(2) Images and audio material obtained by a UAS that is not relevant to an
investigation must be discarded within one week (or some specified number of days).
To protect the privacy of residents it is important to regulate data retention.
recorded by a drone may contain personally identifiable information that should not be
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