SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblymember Ian Calderon today announced that his bill which expands the definition of physical invasion of privacy to include drone operations was signed into law by Governor Brown. Assembly Bill (AB) 856 closes a loophole in existing law to clarify that it is trespassing for paparazzi to fly a drone over private property.
“Last August, I co-chaired a Joint Oversight Hearing of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media; Judiciary, and; Select Committee on Privacy, to explore drones in our future and privacy considerations,” stated Assemblymember Ian Calderon. “At that hearing we learned that the paparazzi have used drones for years to invade the privacy and capture pictures of public persons in their most private of activities – despite existing law.”
AB 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.
AB 856 received bipartisan support in the Assembly and Senate. The measure was supported by paparazzi reformers and law enforcement.
Assemblymember Ian Calderon is the Chair of the Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media. Calderon is also the Chair of the Select Committee on Youth and California's Future. He represents the 57th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Industry, La Habra Heights, La Mirada, La Puente, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, South El Monte, Whittier and the unincorporated communities of Avocado Heights and Hacienda Heights.
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