ACLU Concerned About Indiana Bidding For Drone Testing Site

ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar says the organization has concerns regarding the way drones are used.

BAE unmanned drone

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Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with SpaceAge Control air data probe mounted.

Indiana‘s entire congressional delegation is supporting the Ohio-Indiana bid to be selected as an unmanned aircraft system test site, but some have concerns.

The bid is for Ohio and Indiana to be the official test site for the use of drones.

However, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar says they have concerns regarding the way in which drones are used. She says they do not have an issue with testing drones in Indiana, especially if it brings jobs to the state. However, she says the group is urging lawmakers to think about the privacy implications of the use of drones.

“Whether it’s with drones or any other technological advance, we just urge that we all sit down and think through a system of rules to ensure that we can all enjoy the benefits of this technology without having it eclipse our rights and privacy,” she says.

Henegar says there is a line between providing security and invading privacy. She says there can be limits to using drones, such as issuing a warrant before one is used.

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