Protection from Drone Trespassing Act


This Act addresses drone surveillance and trespassing on private property by banning specific drone behavior, with exceptions for safety and emergency situations.

Protection from Drone Trespassing Act

SECTION 1.     A new section of law to be codified in the ______ Statutes as Section _____ of Title ____, unless there is created a duplication in numbering, reads as follows:

(A) No person using an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) or drone, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration, shall, except as authorized by law:

    1. Trespass onto private property with the intent to subject anyone to eavesdropping or other surveillance;
    2. Install or otherwise deploy on private property, without the consent of the owner or lessee, any device for observing, photographing, recording, amplifying, or broadcasting sounds or events on such property, or use any such unauthorized installation or deployment;
    3. Intentionally use a drone to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another person in any place where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy; or
    4. Intentionally land a drone on the lands or waters that are the private property of another without the consent of the owner or lessee.


(B) Paragraph 3 of subsection A of this section shall not apply to a drone operator operating a drone, including those for a commercial purpose, in accordance with FAA regulations, or government purpose, who unintentionally or incidentally photographs, records, or otherwise observes another person in a private place, nor shall it apply to a designated emergency management worker or government employee or contractor operating a drone within the scope of his or her lawful duties of employment. Paragraph 4 of subsection A of this section shall not apply to the landing of a drone required in the interest of safety or otherwise in an emergency such as to avoid collision with a person or property.


SECTION 2.  This act shall become effective DATE.