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senate Bill S. 635

No More Snooping: Regulating Domestic Drone Use

Argument in favor

Protects the privacy of U.S. citizens from a powerful surveillance technology that is increasingly accessible to private individuals.

BTSundra's Opinion
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04/02/2016
As long as it doesn't get to the point where you need a permit to own something as simple as a slingshot (like in my home state of New Jersey), regulation of this to protect privacy is fine.
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Nicholas's Opinion
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09/20/2015
Comprehensive laws for operating drones is simply common sense. This can be done in a way that both enables hobbyists and commercial enterprises to fly their drones and everyone else to have their privacy concerns protected. We have road rules and we now need low altitude airspace rules.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/18/2015
Permission to ease up on use these surveillance devices can be considered slowly and only with respect to emergence of countermeasures to their use, whose technologically will develop exactly the way offensive and defensive weaponry has always progressed.
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Argument opposed

Curbs the enthusiasm of commercial operators with severe restrictions, ruining a new potential industry that has a lot to offer.

John's Opinion
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06/25/2015
Reduce red tape and regulations; don't increase them. Let the States and local governments decide on drone policy.
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Matt's Opinion
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04/15/2016
The resulting regulation will not be narrowly tailored to fit it's original intention.
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Marvin's Opinion
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06/18/2015
Drones should not be regulated as long as they are not used to spy at sensitive locations or at private homes.
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    Reduce red tape and regulations; don't increase them. Let the States and local governments decide on drone policy.
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    As long as it doesn't get to the point where you need a permit to own something as simple as a slingshot (like in my home state of New Jersey), regulation of this to protect privacy is fine.
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    Comprehensive laws for operating drones is simply common sense. This can be done in a way that both enables hobbyists and commercial enterprises to fly their drones and everyone else to have their privacy concerns protected. We have road rules and we now need low altitude airspace rules.
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    The resulting regulation will not be narrowly tailored to fit it's original intention.
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    Permission to ease up on use these surveillance devices can be considered slowly and only with respect to emergence of countermeasures to their use, whose technologically will develop exactly the way offensive and defensive weaponry has always progressed.
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    More so than privacy, when one of these quadcopters brings down a manned aircraft that was either flying at 10,000 ft or taking video near an airport; then it'll be too late.
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    Only regulation needed is to ban drones altogether.
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    Protects the privacy of U.S. citizens from a powerful surveillance technology that is increasingly accessible to private individuals.
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    Drones can be dangerous falling objects and have even killed people. Some have used them to be voyeurs. In our technology crazed world, enough is enough
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    Drones should not be regulated as long as they are not used to spy at sensitive locations or at private homes.
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    Stricter regulation is necessary, however, it appears this Pandoras Box has been opened.
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    This bill is taking away more than just drone it would also limit camera phones
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    I don't want a drone able to spy on me available to a private citizen and never the Government should only be able to use it on other countries
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    Get your snooping backsides out of my back yard.
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    We should require a warrant for any government associated surveillance. I'm not sure how this is currently managed for police helicopters, but I'm sure similar sensible regulation could be applied to drones. For private uses I think we already have civil case law that addresses what is and isn't an invasion of privacy when it comes to photography and video. Adding regulation specific to this industry will simply push investment in it outside the US.
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    The practical range of uses for UAV's is unexplored territory I think we should venture deeper into. If you've ever flown a UAV, you'd know that they make plenty of noise and make "spying on the neighbors" damn near impossible. I wouldn't be opposed to authorizing licenses to anyone who wants to pilot one though.
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    These rules are far too restrictive, and will hurt private innovation far more than they will discourage any snooping.
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    It's bad enough that "pundits" always want to be peeking in my bedroom to talk about their own morality. I imagine that a drone hovering outside my window peeking in would be even worse.
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    Some of these regulations I like, most I'm opposed to. As drones become more and more common, privacy issues do need.to be addressed, but this bill creates some onerous regulations that wouldcause more harm than good.
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    Nobody is using quadcopters to spy on people. It's weird for Washington when people don't do something that they could.
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