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City Council eyes drone regulations

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The military uses them to track down the enemy. Law enforcement agencies around the country deploy them to catch criminals.

Justine Story, a homeowner in northeast Atlanta, hates the idea of robotic eyes flying over metro Atlanta watching everyday citizens.

"I wouldn't want a drone looking in my bedroom window," Story said.

Supporters of drones contend the technology can be a powerful tool for fighting crime and terrorism.

Critics say drones can intrude on the privacy of the law-abiding public.

Azadeh Shahshahani, with the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, worries drones for mass surveillance could trample on constitutional rights.

"If you're afraid of the government watching your every move then you may be afraid to exercise your right to freedom of speech," Shahshahani said. "We don't want to be surveilled by the government at every moment."

A civil liberties coalition, including the ACLU met with City Council members today.

Atlanta Councilman Ivory Young has introduced a proposal to push state legislators to set up clear guidelines to regulate law enforcement.

"Rather than react, we want to be proactive. If there is an authorized use for drones and something that can help enhance the capacity to enforce the law, we certainly welcome this," Young said, adding "but we absolutely reject any attempt by government at any level to violate the rights of citizens."

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