In this Feb. 13, 2014, photo, Deputy Larry Blanchard with the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team, is shown wearing a head set for viewing the video feed from the search and rescue drone during a demonstration Thursday, in Brigham City, Utah.
Law enforcement, government agencies and others are itching to use drones for everything from finding lost hikers to tracking shifting wildfires. But privacy watchdogs are urging state legislatures to step in and head off any potential privacy violations.
That tension is on display as more than 35 states consider drone legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The bills include ways to attract an industry that could generate billions and restrictions on drone use and data collection. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)