Phoenix officials preparing ordinance on drones

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Associated Press

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 19 at 12:30 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix City Council members want to provide personal privacy protections on the use of aerial drones by members of the public and by police.

According to the Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1rksCVg), an ordinance being drafted by Councilmen Sal Diciccio (dih-SEE'-see-oh) and Michael Nowakowsk (NO'-ugh-cow-ski) would make it a crime to use a drone to film or photograph people on their private property without their knowledge

The council members say they want to broaden the reach of "Peeping Tom" laws and to prepare for potential drone usage by police.

Under the proposed ordinance, a violation would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and six months in jail, with each distributed image being a separate offense.

Exceptions would include making certain types of images for artistic or journalistic purposes.

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