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Meh, that does not make any sense, I have never said it should not be used,
I dunno but I do not believe this technology in anyway is for our own benefit.
They have now monetized and securitized our daily routine, a drive to the grocery store is now some companies commodity to be sold to the highest bidder, be it LE or marketers or some stalker.
... The real problem is we as citizens have no voice in what the private sector is willing to do with our personal and private data. They have no monetized and securitized our daily routine, a drive to the grocery store is now some companies commodity to be sold to the highest bidder, be it LE or marketers or some stalker.
why not a polarized cover that goes over the plate so it can be seen, but not photographed?
One of the patrol cars in the Hillsdale Police Department's fleet will soon be outfitted with an automated license plate reader (ALPR), a device that can scan hundreds of vehicles to check for violations. The department is able to acquire the system thanks to a federal Department of Homeland Security grant administered by the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, according to Police Chief Chip Stalter. The funding will cover the equipment's purchase, installation and maintenance, the chief said. - See more at: www.northjersey.com...
When the city of San Leandro, Calif., purchased a license-plate reader for its police department in 2008, computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city for a record of every time the scanners had photographed his car. The results shocked him. The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. Katz-Lacabe said it had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including one image from 2009 that shows him and his daughters stepping out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway. That photograph, Katz-Lacabe said, made him “frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection.” The single patrol car in San Leandro equipped with a plate reader had logged his car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and location.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The parked 1995 Oldsmobile looked normal enough as it sat on Captains Circle on Thursday afternoon. The maroon sedan was a little rusty, a little worn and quite nondescript. But a small machine inside an Annapolis police cruiser knew better. That car had problems: no insurance, bad registration and the Maryland State Police wanted it impounded. Cpl. Duane Daniels, a 19-year veteran of the Annapolis Police Department, was happy to oblige. In a few minutes, he stripped the car of its tags and had it towed, thanks to the tip from his electronic partner. Annapolis police recently acquired a license plate reader, which allows officers to find stolen cars, expired and suspended registrations and insurance violations. So far, officers think it's having an impact, especially when used in high-crime areas. The unmarked car used by the department has a box-like camera mounted on either side of the trunk lid. They link to a laptop mounted inside the car. The cameras quickly scan cars on either side of the police car - whether they are moving or parked - and feed the images into the computer. Inside, the computer recognizes the letters and checks with the Motor Vehicle Administration to see if the car has any violations. If not, the coast is clear. The machine beeps, the license number flashes yellow, and the officer keeps driving. But it's obvious when all is not well. Siren noises alert on cars with violations, and the plate number flashes red on the screen. When the officer comes across a stolen car, the laptop sounds like a machine gun.