Around the country, at least 18 states have passed laws that require police to obtain a warrant before using a drone for surveillance or searches. Maryland law does not require police to get a warrant to use a drone; some lawmakers have tried to change this with no success.
While we don’t think police should require a warrant in every case, it is also not a good idea for drones to be used unfettered, either. Maryland lawmakers should adopt standards — like banning drones that include weapons or facial recognition software.
Some Maryland police departments have put restrictions in place, while others are operating under no regulations.