12 November 2013

You are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record American’s Movement

You are Being Tracked: How License Plate Readers Are Being Used to Record American’s Movement

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Innocent Americans are being tracked every day. If you own a vehicle, you are being tracked by law enforcement. Automatic license plate readers, mounted on police cars or on objects like road signs and bridges, use small, high-speed cameras to photograph thousands of plates per minute. The information captured by the readers – including the license plate number, and the date, time, and location of every scan – is being collected and sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems. As a result, enormous databases of innocent motorists’ location information are growing rapidly. This information is often retained for years or even indefinitely, with few or no restrictions to protect privacy rights.

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