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Florida bill allows police to use drones to monitor large crowds

Florida bill allows police to use drones to monitor large crowds

A Florida bill was filed in Tallahassee that would change the way agencies can use drones. For instance, if passed it would allow the police in Florida to use drones to monitor large crowds during protests.

Florida bill allows police to use drones to monitor large crowds

If the new Florida bill is passed, it would change the way police, firefighters, and other government agencies can use drones during work.

The bill was filed in Tallahassee that if passed would allow the police in Florida to use drones to monitor large crowds during protests and demonstrations. It would also allow the police to use drones to collect evidence.

Earlier this year we have seen drones being used to monitor crowds during Black Lives Matter protests, for instance in Arizona, and Washington, D.C..

DroneXL’s take on the use of drones by the police

Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the use of drones by police and other government agencies. In many cases, the benefits of these unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) seem so obvious that drone programs are started quickly. However, we have also seen that concerns have been raised by civil rights organizations about the possibility of drones being misused to target special groups or become an invasion of privacy when used as a surveillance tool. It seems at this point that a discussion about these concerns is indeed warranted and that best practices need to be shared between government agencies.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews. Haye is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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