Bill would limit drone surveillance in Wisconsin

A bill introduced by state Representatives Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva), David Craig (R-Town of Vernon), Frederick Kessler (D-Milwaukee) and Chris Taylor (D-Madison) would prohibit law enforcement and individuals from using drones without a warrant, except in special circumstances. It would also bar the private use of drones equipped with video or audio equipment, or with a weapon.

The ACLU of Wisconsin applauded the bill. In a statement, ACLU-WI director Chris Ahmuty said, "We support bipartisan efforts to restrict the use of drones in Wisconsin. Domestic drones could pose unavoidable privacy concerns and threaten our Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches. Unregulated use of drones could create a chilling effect on people’s use of public spaces, or lead to voyeurism, unfair targeting, institutional abuse and automated policing. We need clear laws that govern this technology."