June 28th, 2013

Worse than the NSA? License-plate scanners are letting police collect millions of records on drivers, even when they’ve done nothing wrong.

Here’s what you need to know about this surveillance technology:

  • A year ago in California, police and lobbyist defeated a privacy bill that would have regulated this practice: http://bit.ly/1ctwmqp 

  • The DEA is also using similar devices near the Southwest border to catch drug smugglers and other illegal activity: http://bit.ly/17GMojX

  • Private companies like Vigilant Video are also hoarding data licence-plate data on US drivers. They argue this technology has been successful in stopping wanted killers, robbers and drug smugglers: http://bit.ly/14BkO1n

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