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While drones have been popular with consumers for years, their use by government entities, including state and local law enforcement agencies, is becoming more widespread.  Drones are being used for a variety of purposes, ranging from public safety functions to the recording images of real property. A recent Michigan appellate decision in a zoning dispute addressed the legality of the use of a drone by a municipality to take aerial images of property without the property owners’ permission and, in doing so, considered a number of issues on which this Briefing will focus.

Join Gail Gottehrer of the Law Office of Gail Gottehrer LLC and Ronald J. Hedges of Dentons US LLP as they discuss, among other things:

  • The constitutional distinction between private and state action and the impact of third parties on that distinction (10 minutes)
  • U.S. Supreme Court precedent that may affect drone use (10 minutes)
  • FAA regulations and how these impact drone use (10 minutes)
  • Privacy implications raised by drone use under, among other laws, the newly-enacted Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (10 minutes)
  • Analysis of Long Lake Tp. v. Maxon (20 minutes)

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