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Michigan junkyard case could change how government uses drones

October 30, 2023

The Michigan Supreme Court may soon issue a decision affecting how government uses drones to collect data about private property.

In the case Long Lake Township v. Todd Maxon, a property owner alleges that on multiple occasions over an eight-year period, the northern Michigan township hired a private drone operator to take photos of his private five-acre property without a warrant. He claims the township attempted to use those photos as evidence against him in a zoning dispute.

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