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Parking Ticket Technology in Question

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November 12, 2010

The Globe and Mail reports on an increasing municipal trend to use licence plate recognition technology for parking enforcement. Kelowna, Whistler and North Victoria have begun using the technology, which is raising privacy concerns, the report states. At issue is how much information should be recorded and how long it should be stored, according to a spokesman for BC's Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner. "In our view, the longer you retain it, the greater the danger it will be used for other purposes," he said. The BC Freedom of Information and Privacy Association has called on the commissioner's office to issue guidelines on the new technology.
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