Police Documents on License Plate Scanners Reveal Mass Tracking
Automatic license plate readers are the most widespread location tracking technology you‚Äôve probably never heard of. Mounted on patrol cars or stationary objects like bridges, they snap photos of every passing car, recording their plate numbers, times, and locations. At first the captured plate data was used just to check against lists of cars law enforcement hoped to locate for various reasons (to act on arrest warrants, find stolen cars, etc.). But increasingly, all of this data is being fed into massive databases that contain the location information of many millions of innocent Americans stretching back for months or even years.
This is what we have found after analyzing more than 26,000 pages of documents from police departments in cities and towns across the country, obtained through freedom of information requests by ACLU affiliates in 38 states and Washington, D.C. As it becomes...
Jim Lincoln wrote: What bike plates? Bikes are no longer even registered in Lincoln. This means you lock to anything handy, because if it's a good bike, you won't be getting it back when its stolen. ---
You are fortunate to live in a "Red State" Here in the Democrat liberal State of NY, bicycles are registered. There is always another way for the left to extract money in the name of public safety, isn't there?
Jim Lincoln wrote: For amber alerts, stolen property, when a thief gets away even with other stuff beyond cars, this is a great help. What do you care -- if you aren't breaking the law? It's an excellent idea. ---