posted on Feb, 4 2015 @ 02:51 AM
a reply to: woogleuk
As opposed to it being stored permanently on the vehicle registration database, which is freely accesible to most agencies anyway?
By data I meant the locations where I travel. I don't at all mind having a license plate that ties back to me as the registered owner. I don't
believe that is freely accessible to most agencies, and I don't want it to be.
In America, do you have to inform a company (DVLA here in Britain) that you have purchased a car so you are the registered owner?
We have to inform a State agency when we take ownership of a vehicle. My American brain associates company with private business, but it may be the
same thing. We call it the Department Of Licensing (or pain in the ass, or horrible line, or why the F can't these people get things done faster).
So since I'm in WA State, it's the WA DOL. So your plate and vehicle identification number, license, and home address are all in the system when a
cop runs your plate. Also since I am a concealed pistol license holder that will be readily apparent to an officer pulling me over (but that isn't
true in all states). In WA when I am pulled over and carrying a gun I am not legally required to inform the officer unless he specifically asks. I
still do, just in case. I want to say I've been pulled over three times with a pistol in my pants, informed the officer, and once it was requested
that I give my concealed pistol license along with vehicle registration, proof of insurance and drivers license.
A cop that runs your plate, and then decides to run the drivers license of the registered owner will get a criminal history of the registered owner.
I don't have a problem with that at all.
My problem with this system is that it's probably incredibly insecure, and easily manipulated. I also don't think anyone needs to know where I
drive and save that information.
The system is easily abused. Let's say some disgruntled cop or even civilian gets access to this system and inserts a flag on an innocent persons
license plate. Huge headache. Let's get all conspiracy and say someone is murdered, and someone wants a patsy. Boom, make one of these license
plate reporting things show a certain vehicle registered to someone at a certain time that corresponds.
I don't think that it's OK to record and store every person's comings and goings. I worry that someday everything I do is going to be recorded and
saved from the moment I walk out my door. There is actually no legal right to privacy in the US, but I think that should change.
Every little step taken is a foot in the door. Do you want people to be able to read intimate thoughts that you share with loved ones?
You did nothing wrong, so you shouldn't worry.