Illinois Police Drones: In a fascinating move by the Illinois House of Representatives, law enforcement is not allowed to use “on a drone any firearm, weaponized laser, kinetic impact projectile, chemical agent or irritant, or any other
21 lethal or non-lethal weapon.”
Given Robocop was filmed in nearby Detroit, it looks like if anyone actually builds a robotic police officer, it won’t be able to drive south for some deep-dish pizza.
The bill, HB3902 also states that police drones cannot collect identifying data about citizens.
” A law enforcement agency operating a drone under this Act is prohibited from using, during a flight, onboard facial recognition software that works in conjunction with the drone,” the lawmakers wrote. “A law enforcement agency operating a drone under this Act is prohibited from using any information gathered by a drone with any facial recognition software.”
Illinois Police Drones: Destroying Data
Any data collected must also be destroyed almost immediately. Police can only hold data in situations related to an ongoing investigation.
This is a surprisingly privacy-positive move for the Illinois Police Drones by a state legislature, especially in the heartland. It’s exciting and fascinating to think about how the police will, inevitably, figure out ways around these limitations so they can add flamethrowers to their DJI drones.