September 30, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown would crack down on paparazzi deploying drones as they chase celebrities.
The state Assembly passed AB2304 Thursday on a 72-0 vote.
The legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau of Monterey Park would make drone operators liable for invasion of privacy when they photograph and record celebrities in their backyards and homes. The issue was highlighted recently when pop star Miley Cyrus posted a video of a drone hovering over her home.
A bill analysis says existing rules might not consider drones visual or sound-enhancing devices that violate privacy laws.
A similar bill introduced last year failed.