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Commissioners Launch Licence Plate-Recognition Probe

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August 3, 2012

BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said she is initiating an investigation into whether law enforcement authorities are complying with privacy regulations when using technology that automatically reads, detects and matches licence plates with corresponding photos of individuals who are of interest to the police, The Canadian Press reports. Denham is expected to focus the probe on the Victoria Police Department and will provide guidance for authorities that use the technology. A second investigation into whether public organizations are complying with privacy law when disclosing public interest data will reportedly begin in August as well. Meanwhile, Manitoba’s privacy ombudsman says he will look into how similar licence-plate technology is being used by the Winnipeg Police Service.
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