50-15-5. Eavesdropping--Violation of privacy--Misdemeanor.

No person may, except as authorized by law, intentionally use a drone to photograph, record, or otherwise observe another person in a private place where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy. A person who violates this section is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

This section does not apply to:

(1)    Law enforcement officers, or to those acting under the direction of a law enforcement officer, while engaged in the performance of the officer's lawful duties;

(2)    A drone operator operating a drone for bona fide business or bona fide government purposes who unintentionally or incidentally photographs, records, or otherwise observes another person in a private place; or

(3)    A designated emergency management worker operating a drone within the scope of the worker's duties.

Source: SL 2021, ch 95, § 2.