RCMP To Modify Licence Plate Scanning
SURVEILLANCEJanuary 25, 2013
Based on recommendations made by BC’s information and privacy commissioner, the RCMP says it will make changes to its automated licence plate scanning system, CBC News reports. The system’s cameras record licence plate and vehicle information and compare it to data stored in police databases to help police identify missing people or those with outstanding warrants or driving restrictions. But the privacy commissioner raised concerns about police sharing and storing data on innocent drivers. “We’re looking, or working through an IT solution that will see us eliminate that information in the (police) vehicle, prior to being downloaded to the RCMP server,” said an RCMP spokesman.