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Licence-Plate Scanning To Continue in Victoria

SURVEILLANCE

December 14, 2012

The Victoria Police Department (VicPD) has said it will continue its automated licence-plate scanning program even though BC Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham found it contravenes the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Victoria News reports. While Saanich police have decided to suspend their program until privacy concerns have been alleviated, VicPD’s chief constable says he “respectfully disagrees” with the commissioner’s report. Denham has recommended that “non-hit” data is immediately deleted from from VicPD’s servers instead of being sent on to the RCMP. Victoria’s mayor says VicPD will be working with the RCMP to bring the program into compliance.
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