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License-Plate Surveillance Spreads to Smaller Cities

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

March 4, 2013

The Associated Press reports on the introduction of electronic police surveillance in Little Rock, AR, through the use of license-plate scanning technology on police car dashboards. The technology scans traffic and relays the information to a database for sifting to help law enforcement locate stolen vehicles and drivers with outstanding arrest warrants, the report states. American Civil Liberties Union Attorney Catherine Crump said, “Today, increasingly, even towns without stoplights have license-plate readers,” adding, “it’s plausible that private investigators of data-mining companies could acquire this location data.” Others worry that those who have not committed a crime are scanned as well. Little Rock’s police chief said the benefits of the technology outweigh the concerns, the report states.
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