California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed legislation Wednesday that would have restricted the flying of drones lower than 350 feet over private property without the owner's permission.
While drone technology raises novel issues, Brown said in his veto message the bill "could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation."
The bill was meant to protect Californians from peeping Toms.
Drones "should not be able to invade the privacy of our backyards and our private property without our permission, " said the bill's author, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.
The bill was approved by the California Senate on Aug. 27.