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Rise in License-Plate Scanners Prompts Debate

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 20, 2012

InformationWeek reports on the growing use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement and the accompanying concerns about privacy, security and whether license plates constitute personally identifiable information. ALPRs integrate cameras and optical character recognition software with a license plate database. The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the privacy and security implications of ALPRs. An ACLU representative said, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that in 10 years there will be ALPRs just about everywhere, making detailed records of every driver’s every movement and storing it for who knows how long.”
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