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Rights Groups File Suit Over Plate-Readers

PERSONAL PRIVACY—U.S.

May 7, 2013

The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have asked a judge to order Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments to provide details on their use of license-plate scanning technology, Los Angeles Times reports. The departments have refused to produce the information as requested under the Public Records Act, stating the information is investigative material. The groups are seeking a week’s worth of data from the readers. The sheriff's department responded, saying, "The public interest served by not disclosing the record clearly outweighs the public interest served by disclosure of the record," but an ACLU lawyer notes, "Nothing will demonstrate to people the threat to their privacy as clearly as the release of this data."
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