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Use of License Plate Scanner Data Raises Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 31, 2012

The Minneapolis StarTribune reports on privacy concerns following a car dealer’s use of license plate scanner data to repossess a car. In what is “likely the first time the records have been used by a business in Minnesota,” after learning that data captured by law enforcement license plate cameras “is public and retained for one year in Minneapolis,” the dealership's co-owner sought information on cars owned by four individuals who had stopped making payments. “Privacy advocates have recently called for the legislature to craft legislation addressing license plate data classification, retention and sharing,” the report states.
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