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Fwd: Immediate Action Needed on Maine Drone Bill

Wed, Apr 10, 2013

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From: “Global Network” <globalnet@mindspring.com>
Date: April 10, 2013 5:58:41 PM EDT
To: “Peaceworks” <peaceworks@lists.riseup.net>
Subject: Immediate Action Needed on Maine Drone Bill
Reply-To: “Global Network” <globalnet@mindspring.com>

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Dear Friends,
 
The drone bill saga continues with word that ACLU representatives met today with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills and several representatives from law enforcement.
 
AG Mills has proposed an alternative amendment that begins with these words: 
 
The Legislature finds that evolving technology regarding unmanned aerial vehicles (“drones”) presents a potential economic driver for the State of Maine, an opportunity for research and development, a very real benefit for security and search and rescue efforts and for disaster prevention and relief, a potential aid to the investigation of crime, as well as potential privacy threats from private use and a potential threat to the privacy of Maine citizens if widely used by law enforcement in the conduct of criminal investigations without appropriate guidelines and supervision.
 
Shenna Bellows from the ACLU checked with several activists before the meeting to get our thinking.  We agreed that we can’t support the AG’s amendments.  The reasons should be obvious.  After the meeting Shenna reported to us:

 

The heart of the [AG’s] amendment seems to be a moratorium until agencies develop their own policies in line with minimum standards set by the Board of Trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the AG regarding drone use.  I’m not convinced that we’re going to like the minimum standards these law enforcement agencies come up with.  Standards developed by law enforcement could be so broad as to be meaningless.  Similarly, under their bill, they’re supposed to come up with data retention limits.  They could decide they want to keep everything – even incidentally collected data on innocent people – for 5 years and datamine it (that’s what NJ’s AG has decided to do with ALPR data). 
 
Thus we have a stalemate.  This is where the public comes in.  Tomorrow, it is possible that both amendments will be discussed at the Judiciary Committee meeting in Augusta (9:00 am on 4th floor of capital building).  Judiciary Committee members need to hear from us immediately that the attorney general’s proposal does not work and that there is strong community support for the ACLU amendment (which is attached).

 

Yesterday I sent the drone bill petition signatures we collected to members of the Maine House and Senate. 

 

Will you now lend a hand?  See below for how to reach the Judiciary Committee.

 

Many thanks.

 

Bruce Gagnon

 


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