Texas bans use of drones against citizens
Sponsored by Rep. Gooden, and signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Rick Perry, HB912 (the “Texas Privacy Act”) states that a person commits an offense if the person uses or authorizes the use of an unmanned vehicle or aircraft to capture an image without the express consent of the person who owns or lawfully occupies the real property captured in the image. An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor. Exception made for law enforcement use of drones that includes a valid search warrant, probable cause to suspect that the target has committed a felony, rescue of person whose life is in imminent danger, and guarding the U.S.-Mexico border.