Alarm over license-plate readers
Denise Green (pictured), a 50-year-old Muni driver in San Francisco, was stunned when she was pulled over by San Francisco police and approached at gunpoint. Her car had been mistakenly identified as a stolen vehicle by an automatic license-plate reader the city had installed on its police cars.
As her lawsuit over the incident goes to a civil trial this year, the use of license-plate readers has emerged as one of the biggest concerns among privacy advocates. And their scope is expanding.
Read our new investigation about how one firm’s efforts to fuse its license-plate data with facial recognition and public records could affect you.
(Photo by Noah Berger for The Center for Investigative Reporting)