Tanzi introduces bill establishing clear guidelines on drone use by law enforcement
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Teresa Tanzi has reintroduced her legislation to regulate the use of aerial drones by Rhode Island law-enforcement agencies.
“Law enforcement agencies in other parts of the country are already using drone technology, and it’s only a matter of time before many agencies in Rhode Island are, too. We ought to establish the ground rules proactively, because without limits, we’re leaving the door open to the potential for serious invasions of privacy,” said Representative Tanzi (D-Dist. 34, South Kingstown, Narragansett).
Last year Representative Tanzi agreed to be surveilled in her home and backyard by an inexpensive drone purchased by the Providence Journal as part of a story on the easy availability of the technology and its use. The tiny craft captured high-resolution video of her all over her house through her windows, and inside her hedged and fenced private yard. She told the paper the experience resonated with her, affecting the feeling of privacy she’d previously felt in her home.