Senate passes bill to restrict drone use

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana police would need search warrants before using aerial drones or demanding passwords for electronic devices if the Legislature gives final approval to a digital privacy bill.

The restrictions, along with several others on police designed to protect privacy, passed the Senate unanimously on Tuesday.

The bill also sets limits on using real-time tracking devices and makes recording on private property without permission or a warrant a misdemeanor.

The legislative push for greater privacy protections comes amid criticism of the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

The bill now heads to negotiations between the Senate and House to iron out differences. If approved, it will go to Gov. Mike Pence’s desk for final approval. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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