Panel to debate privacy bills, such as drone curbs

Published 10:05 am Tuesday, March 11, 2014

ST. PAUL — Legislation aimed at curbing use of high-tech surveillance by law enforcement and others is getting an airing.

The Minnesota House Public Safety and Finance Committee plan hearings Tuesday on a package of bills in the privacy realm.

Some would clear up when police units need a warrant to use electronic devices for evidence gathering. A few deal specifically with unmanned aerial devices known as drones. One drone bill applies both to the public sector and private users of drones, such as making it a felony for someone to capture images from property without permission.

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The privacy legislation has cut across party lines and is expected to be among the hotter topics of the short legislative session.