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Texas Declares War on Robots

Mr_Blank (172031) writes | about a year and a half ago

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Mr_Blank (172031) writes "Organizations like the EFF and ACLU have been raising the alarm over increased government surveillance of US citizens. Legislators haven't been quick to respond to concerns of government spying on citizens. But Texas legislators are apparently quite concerned that private citizens operating hobby drones might spot environmental violations by businesses. Representative Lance Gooden has introduced HB912 which proposes: "A person commits an offense if the person uses or authorizes the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture an image without the express consent of the person who owns or lawfully occupies the real property captured in the image. ('Image' is defined as including any type of recorded telemetry from sensors that measure sound waves, thermal, infrared, ultraviolet, visible light, or other electromagnetic waves, odor, or other conditions.)" Can you foresee any unintended consequences if this proposal becomes law?"
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uh, yeah... (1)

crutchy (1949900) | about a year and a half ago | (#43038657)

the proposed law doesn't prohibit firing indescriminantly in the air in the general direction of these UFOs, so get your miniguns out texans... yeehaw!

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cshark (673578) | about a year and a half ago | (#43040225)

And any satellite mapping service, unless expressly exempted from the law. Vehicle or aircraft should be defined, if they're not already.

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