California is about to enact one of the strictest regulations over drone use in the country, if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a new bill into law. It won't let you shoot down your neighbor's Peeping Tom drone, but it will impose some serious consequences for people who misuse drones.
This bill has already passed the California state legislature. All it needs now is the governor's signature, and then everyday drone pilots will have to restrict how they use those remote-controlled devices, especially the ones flying over your house.
Many drones are equipped with powerful cameras that can record you without your permission. California's new drone law will prohibit people from flying drones over your property without your permission. Hopefully, if it passes, it will influence other states to enact similar laws.
Even this bill isn't perfect, though. The law states that people can't fly drones over your property below 350 feet. They can fly over your house above that level. Meaning, you can still have drones with powerful cameras flying over your house, just farther overhead.
Still, at least this law imposes restrictions. There are no such federal laws yet. If California's bill becomes the law, the violation will be comparable to trespassing, where a person walks onto your property without your permission.