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Court: License Plate Decal Doesn’t Violate Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 7, 2012

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has found that requiring young drivers to affix a red decal to their license plates is not an invasion of privacy, The Star Ledger reports. The court ruled 6-0 that the law mandating the decal does not violate the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which forbids the disclosure of information about a driver except that they are under 21 and hold a learner’s permit, examination permit or probationary license, the report states. Young drivers “have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their age group, because a driver’s age group can generally be determined by his or her physical appearance, which is routinely exposed to public view,” the court said.
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