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Should Tampa Bay Times have done more to alert authorities about Capitol gyrocopter stunt?

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A Florida newspaper that knew ahead of time that a man planned to fly a gyrocopter into restricted airspace at the U.S. Capitol faced questions Thursday about whether its editors should have used the knowledge to try and stop the risky stunt. The Tampa Bay Times, which posted reporter Ben Montgomery in Washington on Wednesday to document postal worker Doug Hughes‘ self-styled protest flight that landed on the Capitol grounds, said that its responsibility was to cover, not change, the…

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Senate committee passes bill limiting drone surveillance without consent

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On Monday, a Senate committee approved the bill regulating drones used to take photos without consent. If passed, violations would carry a $5,000 fine. Distribution of the picture would cost the drone operator $10,000. Even though the Federal Aviation Administration expects to issue guidelines governing drones, officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles, Florida is among more than a dozen states not waiting on federal regulations. The Senate Criminal Justice Committee unanimously passed SB 1178, to protect Floridians from those swarming bug-size robots equipped with…

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House subcommittee passes drone bill limiting surveillance

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The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee passed a bill that would limit the use of drones for surveillance throughout the state. A bill passed two years ago was a first step in targeting the burgeoning technology and limited use of drones by law enforcement to gather evidence or intel and required a warrant. This bill would build on that foundation by banning any person, state agency or political subdivision from recording any “image of privately owned or occupied real property or…

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Senate committee clears bill limiting drones

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State Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s plan to keep an eye on spies in the sky cleared its first committee stop Tuesday. SB 766 would protect individuals and their private property from being photographed or video taped through the use of a drone. At least 13 states already have enacted laws addressing drones, or what privacy advocates have called “flying robots with cameras,” and at least another 10 are considering legislation this year. “With the sky the limit as drone technology advances we want to…

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