While the Colorado legislature has dismissed several attempts to regulate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) statewide, some local jurisdictions have tackled drone issues related to privacy, public safety and wildlife protection.
In the waning hours of the legislative session, state lawmakers gave up trying to find a way to protect peoples’ privacy from drones and other “emerging technologies” while not interfering with the First Amendment rights of photojournalists, private investigators and others who rely on cameras for work.
A state Senate committee acquiesced to First Amendment concerns expressed by the news media and private investigators about a bill that, as passed by the House, would have made it a crime to photograph or record someone who has a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
Privacy concerns posed by drones and other emerging technologies prompted initial passage in the Colorado House of a bill that would make it a crime to photograph or record someone who has a “reasonable expectation of privacy.”
A legislative committee tabled a bill originally intended to regulate drone use after some lawmakers raised concerns that the latest version could make photography a crime in many circumstances.