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Plate-Scanners: Success or Privacy Invasion?

SURVEILLANCE—NEW ZEALAND

May 16, 2013

The New Zealand Herald reports that while the Automobile Association and police are welcoming the use of automatic number-plate recognition technology for safety and crime-fighting, civil liberties lawyers are concerned. The technology has helped police locate “15 stolen vehicles, take 180 disqualified drivers off the road and recover other stolen goods from a number of offenders,” the report states, “But lawyers fear innocent people…may be caught in widespread surveillance that could expand to tracking their movements to build profiles of people of interest.” The Privacy Commission has cautioned the technology must be used "carefully," the report states.
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