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Opinion: Licence-Plate Camera Policy Never Mentions Privacy

SURVEILLANCE

August 17, 2012

The Victoria Police Department has come under fire for its policy on automated licence-plate cameras. The department says the policy is lawful, but “it’s actually bereft of details, fails to reference any legislation and simply promises to mirror whatever the RCMP decides,” opine Rob Shaw and Katie Derosa for The Victoria Times Colonist. The privacy commissioner is currently investigating whether the department’s cameras—which scan and record 3,000 vehicle plates per hour—comply with the province’s privacy law, the report states. Shaw and Derosa say the department’s two-page policy on the cameras does not mention the word privacy.
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