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WA Legislature Won’t Restrict Drones? Seattle City Council Will

Seattle City Council votes to restrict and oversee drone use
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Never mind a bill to regulate the use of drones never made it to a vote in the state legislature.

The Seattle City Council, reports the Associated Press,  has taken steps to oversee the potential use of unmanned aerial surveillance machines into their own hands.

The council says police and other departments must obtain the council’s approval before using certain cameras and drones for surveillance. The council passed an ordinance yesterday in response to concerns over 34 cameras that were installed across the city without public notice. The council says it will review camera operations and data management to protect the public’s privacy and civil liberties.

It will be interesting to keep an eye on the Mid-Columbia and see what happens when it comes to increased surveillance, whether it’s cameras or actual drones!

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