California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law A.B.856, a bill that expands the definition of “physical invasion of privacy” to include drone operations.
According to sponsor Assemblymember Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, the legislation closes a loophole in existing law to clarify that it is trespassing for paparazzi to fly a drone over private property.
A.B.856 corrects the oversight in existing law by adding the words “including airspace above the land of another” into the definition of “physical invasion of privacy.” The measure prohibits the use of drones to cross over fences, bypass gates and travel into private sanctuaries in order to peer into windows, capture goings on and otherwise spy on the private lives of public persons, says Calderon.
Calderon says he recently co-chaired a hearing on drone privacy and learned that the paparazzi has long been using drones “to invade the privacy and capture pictures of public persons in their most private of activities – despite existing law.”
According to the assemblymember, A.B.856 received bipartisan support in the Assembly and Senate and was supported by paparazzi reformers and law enforcement.
The full text of the legislation can be found here.