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http://autos.aol.com/article/police-lice...lp00000058

Quote:License plate scanners allow police officers to quickly scan thousands of license plates a day, looking for runaway criminals or stolen cars. In California there are very few limits on these readers and almost no transparency. These cameras record time and place of your vehicle, and even can store a picture record of your whereabouts.

Michael Katz-Lacabe, a security consultant, requested the records from the San Leandro, Calif., police department of every time his car was scanned. He was amazed at the frightening amount of information police had recorded. His two cars were scanned 112 times since 2009, and average of about twice a week. There was even a picture of him and his two daughters getting out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.

The last sentence is what got me.....wow.
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RugerGirl;108130 Wrote:http://autos.aol.com/article/police-lice...lp00000058

Quote:License plate scanners allow police officers to quickly scan thousands of license plates a day, looking for runaway criminals or stolen cars. In California there are very few limits on these readers and almost no transparency. These cameras record time and place of your vehicle, and even can store a picture record of your whereabouts.

Michael Katz-Lacabe, a security consultant, requested the records from the San Leandro, Calif., police department of every time his car was scanned. He was amazed at the frightening amount of information police had recorded. His two cars were scanned 112 times since 2009, and average of about twice a week. There was even a picture of him and his two daughters getting out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.

The last sentence is what got me.....wow.

You don't like Prius's?
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#3
I hate Prius', they should all be ground into a fine powder with their drivers and spread over the ocean.
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#4
Haha. Well, no, I don't like Prius's.....but even Prius owners deserve some privacy.

Now Smart Car owners......
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streaker69;108154 Wrote:I hate Prius', they should all be ground into a fine powder with their drivers and spread over the ocean.

I love pulling up next to a Prius in my gas-guzzling 4 door Jeep Wrangler and mashing down on the accelerator .... Big Grin

As for the license plate readers, well, they're not new. Philadelphia Parking Authority has been using them for years to catch scofflaws, Philly PD has a car in each district with them, the PSP got a few cars outfitted with them at least two years ago, and I know at least three departments in my local area have at least one car with them. They make something they can already do manually an automated thing.

Privacy? What's that? Between the internet and the electronic world, privacy is a thing of the past. AngryAngry
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soberbyker;108168 Wrote:[color=#339999][size=3][font=Comic Sans MS]I love pulling up next to a Prius in my gas-guzzling 4 door Jeep Wrangler and mashing down on the accelerator .... Big Grin

Amateur Wink

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Vampire pig man since September 2012
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#7
Wasn't aware photographing someone's license plate in public was a violation of privacy.
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topsykretts;108261 Wrote:Wasn't aware photographing someone's license plate in public was a violation of privacy.

It's not really. What becomes debatable is that those plates are automatciall ran to see if the vehicle is stolen, owner has warrants, etc. WITHOUT any probable cause or R.A.S. to justify the "search" of information related to the license plate.
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#9
Right, the invasion of privacy is how open that saved information becomes for others to view.
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rmagill;108268 Wrote:
topsykretts;108261 Wrote:Wasn't aware photographing someone's license plate in public was a violation of privacy.

It's not really. What becomes debatable is that those plates are automatically ran to see if the vehicle is stolen, owner has warrants, etc. WITHOUT any probable cause or R.A.S. to justify the "search" of information related to the license plate.

That isn't debatable either, none of that information is subject to reasonable suspicion. It isn't considered a search or seizure of anything. Any cop can run your license plate and check you for warrants for absolutely no reason.
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