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License-Plate Reading Company Sues Utah

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

February 14, 2014

A Utah law aimed at protecting drivers’ privacy is being challenged by license-plate reading technology company Digital Recognition Network, the Associated Press reports. Utah Sen. Todd Weiler (R-District 23), one of the new law’s sponsors, said, “It’s one thing to take a photo … It’s another to take photos every 80th of a millisecond and then store that data you can later be identified by.” According to the lawsuit, the company is invoking its First Amendment rights to defend its business. A Digital Recognition Network attorney said, “People tend to invoke privacy and suspend judgment … We don’t track people.” With several states considering similar legislation, the case could represent a litmus test on surveillance and First Amendment rights.
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