Utah governor approves drone restrictions

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Hebert has approved the state’s first drone restrictions, setting new limits on law enforcement’s use of the technology.

Herbert’s office announced Wednesday that he signed the legislation, which supporters say is needed as drone technology advances and becomes more widespread.

Draper Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson sponsored the bill and says that while unmanned aerial devices are useful to law enforcement, invasive surveillance must be prevented.

The law requires law enforcement obtain a warrant before using a drone in most situations. It would also regulate which kinds of data can be collected and for how long.

Drones devices often resemble radio-controlled helicopters. They can range in size, from that of remote-controlled toys to small jet airliners.

More than 35 states are considering drone legislation this year.


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