It's a push for privacy, but it could be a big issue for groups such as PETA, which recently announced plans to watch for animal abuse with drones. Journalists aren't too pleased, either. After the Texas law passed, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Press Photographers Association and even the Motion Pictures Association of America penned a joint letter that says in part, "A journalist monitoring an environmental spill … or simply monitoring traffic conditions could easily be committing a crime under this bill." (Via CNN, Computerworld)
And those groups argue the law violates freedom of speech promised in the Constitution. Now, law enforcement agencies will have fewer problems with this policy. Along with students and researchers using drones, police have been exempted from the ban.