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This article begins with a current look at the deployment of drones domestically, both in terms of their use and the procedure for attaining approval for flight. Part II examines the capabilities of drones. Part III considers the Supreme Court's current Fourth Amendment jurisprudence and its application to law enforcement's use of drones. Part IV reviews existing and proposed federal and state regulation of drones. Part V offers constitutional and legislative prescriptions for regulating drones.


This is a draft copy of the article submitted by the author. The final draft will be published in the Syracuse Law Review in 2014.

*Professor Farber was interviewed by Channel Fox 25 in Boston on February 25, 2014 regarding the consequences of commercial drone use and impending legislation in the United States. To see the interview, go to