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Privacy Enforcer, Advocates Look at Plate Recognition Technology

SURVEILLANCE—CANADA & U.S.

July 31, 2012

British Columbia’s privacy commissioner and U.S. privacy advocates are investigating law enforcement use of automated license-plate scanning. BC undertook a pilot project using the plate recognition technology in 2006 in order to combat auto theft and motor vehicle violations, The Globe and Mail reports. BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham recently launched an investigation after several individuals wrote with concerns about the technology. A published report on the investigation will provide use guidance to law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, the ACLU of Virginia sent requests to law enforcement agencies in the state on how they are using the technology, and 34 ACLU affiliates across the U.S. made similar requests.
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