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Old 07-03-2013, 07:34 AM
 
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In California there are very few limits on these readers and almost no transparency.

Police License Plate Scanners Record Driver's Locations
Let's see how many forum posters think this is unique to California ...
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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Even without the scanners newer cars with black boxes and certain cell phones do the same. Increasingly there are both criminal and civil subpoenas of the relevant data.

Who needs a telescreen?
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:19 AM
 
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I think it's possible that the government has underminded their own goals in some cases by introducing new technologies and not having strict policies (or at least not bragging about them) on their use. Because I'm generally willing to give up a small amount of privacy for security if I'm confident that rules are in place to prevent abuse. And when I say security, I don't mean just terrorism; I'm also talking about everyday crime. Wireless communication, big data, fancy algorithms, unmanned aerial surveillance all have the potential to make us safer. I see no reason why a police car shouldn't scan every license plate around to find ones that are flagged and potentially even store the data they receive for a defined period of time, with defined protocols on when it's acceptable to access that data. (E.g., if someone went missing, it would be nice to know their last known whereabouts, so you could go back through the database of plate scans and locate them, even if they were never flagged.) I also don't see a reason why (obviously unarmed) drones can't replace police helicopters, which are obscenely expensive to operate and time-consuming to launch. Clever use of drones could potentially replace dangerous police chases more effectively than police helicopters. And yet, I understand why people are skeptical. I want the government to hurry up and do a better job strictly defining the roles of new technologies so we can hurry up and put them in place and make us all safer.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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I see no reason why a police car shouldn't scan every license plate around to find ones that are flagged
'Twould be a bit of a bummer if you get nailed driving a buddy's car that got 'flagged', no?
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