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SC Drone Possibilities Prompt Privacy Fears

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. -

The Federal Aviation Administration has created a test site program for the use of drones in this country.

The agency plans to make sure the drones are operating safely.

South Carolina is one of several states that want to be a part of the program.

The technology is small, inexpensive and can see a whole lot from up above.

"As a military weapon its very good," Spartanburg resident Jacob Lewis said.

Lewis sees the benefits of drones as a military tool but he doesn't want them in the US.

"That's not the right thing to do why would you want, why would you need UAV's on home turf."

The FAA won't release where the testing sites would go if any came to the Palmetto state.

It could help the local economy with manufacturers moving here to build the drones.

Victoria Middleton is the state director for the American Civil Liberties Union.

"They can be sent into a house, a garage or a backyard and we think that law enforcement should have a warrant before they do that," Middleton said.

She wants lawmakers to get ahead of the drones going into use here.

"There's a real danger, I know this seems like an amusing historic example but police were able to wiretap phone calls in the 1920s," she said.

She said it took decades for courts to make warrants necessary for wire tapping.

Other groups are pushing for more regulation. David Matos with Carolina Peace is concerned with drone use worldwide and he's worried about private sector use.

"At least with the government there is some recourse, if a company is flying these for some odd reason there might not be any recourse at all," Matos said.

Middleton just testified last week in Columbia in front of a house committee.

She supports a House bill sponsored by a Greenville representative.

That would require police to get a warrant before using a drone.

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