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Boston PD Suspend License-Plate Reader Use

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

December 16, 2013

The Boston Police Department “has indefinitely suspended” its use of license-plate readers to check for motor vehicle violations in light of privacy concerns, The Boston Globe reports. “The police inadvertently released to the Globe the license plate numbers of more than 68,000 vehicles that had tripped alarms on automated license-plate readers over a six-month period,” the report states, noting that release “triggered immediate doubts about whether the police could reliably protect the sensitive data.” Spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said the department suspended the program while Commissioner William Evans reviews it “so he knows that it’s being used effectively and that it doesn’t invade anyone’s privacy.”
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