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Denham Wants Changes to Licence-Plate Scanning Plan

SURVEILLANCE—CANADA

November 16, 2012

BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has said police need to make changes to their Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) program in order to comply with privacy laws, reports The Globe and Mail. ALPR uses cameras mounted on police vehicles to scan licence plates and flags drivers who have or have had infractions. Denham’s main concern is that, currently, “non-hit” data—that which doesn’t raise a flag—is added to a database and eventually deleted. “Non-hit data is…information that the police have no reason to believe relates to criminal activity. This information is not serving a law enforcement purpose, and therefore (Victoria police) cannot disclose it to the RCMP,” Denham wrote in her report.
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