Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers

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Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers
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Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss their concerns about online privacy. But as technology gets better, and the tools used to capture information and the databases used to store and disseminate the information become more capable, the lines between online and offline privacy continue to blur.

On that note, let’s say that you are having a Sunday afternoon picnic with your child. The weather’s good, you’ve been running around and playing – but now it’s time for lunch. You open up the cooler, only to discover that you’ve left a couple of the sandwiches in the car. The car’s just a few yards away, so you quickly run to grab the sandwiches.

And in a split second, you look back to see that your child is gone. You catch a black sedan speeding away and you are barely able to catch the license plate. Because you caught that license plate, police are able to search a giant database of plate captures and track the movements of the kidnapper.

A classic question: What is more important, public safety or personal freedom? What are you willing to sacrifice? Let us know in the comments.

Ok, I know this whole scenario seems a little bit Without A Trace or Lifetime movie-esque, but the point is that police were able to use an ever-expanding database of data culled from license plate snapshots in order to generate real-time location information. That’s a reality, and it’s happening in our nation’s capital, among other places.

The Washington Post is reporting that police in D.C. are beefing up the area covered by license plate cameras. More than 250 cameras in D.C. and its suburbs are constantly hard at work, grabbing license plate numbers and sticking them into databases. The police aren’t exactly doing this quietly, but it’s being done with “virtually no public debate.”

The highest concentration of these plate readers in the entire nation exists in D.C. (one reader per square mile), so that means that District police are building the biggest location database based on license plates in the whole country.

Let’s take a brief look at these license plate readers.

First, these are apparently different types of cameras than the cameras cities have been affixing near stoplights and other places to catch people running red lights or speeding – the “here’s a ticket 2 weeks later in the mail” cameras.

These plate readers cost about $20,000 each and can snatch images of numbers and letters on cars traveling nearly 150 mph and across four lanes of traffic. These plate readers in D.C. take 1,800 images per minute, every one of which is stored in a database.

Basically, these plate readers have made it possible for police to track everyone’s movements as they move across the city.

These plate readers and the subsequent database of image captures has tipped the privacy concerns of some – notably the American Civil Liberties Union. One of their main concerns is naturally the privacy implications.

In the District, laws are in place that limit the amount of time that surveillance camera footage can be kept. The images must be dumped after 10 days, unless there is an actual investigatory reason to keep them. But right now, there is nothing keeping data from the plate readers from being stored for years.

The ACLU says that this database is storing the location data of innocent people. And they are right. The plate readers are casting an all-inclusive net, grabbing license plate numbers indiscriminately.

Clearly this technology is rapidly approaching the point where it could be used to reconstruct the entire movements of any individual vehicle. As we have argued in the context of GPS tracking that level of intrusion on private life is something that the police should not be able to engage in without a warrant.

Let’s think back to the slightly-stylized child abduction scene from the beginning of this article. Maybe that seems a bit far-fetched, but the reality of the situation is that the plate reader database has helped police. According to the D.C. police department, they make an arrest a day with the help of the plate readers. In a four month period this year, they also found 51 stolen cars.

And although our child abduction story above might seem unrealistic, the possibilities are there for the plate readers to help in truly significant ways. Police could track cars to and from murder scenes or use it to identify players in organized crime circles like sex trafficking – by logging which cars travel between certain locations.

But the fact that the technology is beneficial or could be beneficial in terms of law enforcement does not assuage concerns of a “surveillance society” becoming the norm in the U.S. It’s a classic argument that pits personal liberties against security and safety. Just how much of your freedom are you able to give up to feel safer? This is a crucial debate that we’ve seen play out most recently after 9/11 with the Patriot Act.

The ACLU channels Minority Report to discuss preemptive law enforcement:

Of course, if the police track all of us all the time, there is no doubt that will help to solve some crimes — just as it would no doubt help solve some crimes if they could read everybody’s e-mail and install cameras in everybody’s homes. But in a free society, we don’t let the police watch over us just because we might do something wrong. That is not the balance struck by our Constitution and is not the balance we should strike in our policymaking.

Obviously, the plate readers are a valuable tool for the police, and there are an abundance of situations where one could imagine the searchable database of plate captures to be extremely useful. But are those plate readers building up a database that’s just a little too full of innocent people’s location information for your liking?

If this kind of thing is to proliferate (both in D.C. and across the country), it is argued that it needs to see the light of day. Basically, society should have time to debate its merits and discuss their concerns. “The police should not be able to run out and buy a new technology and put it in place before anybody realizes what’s going on,” says Jay Stanley of the ACLU’s Privacy and Technology Program.

What do you think about the expansion of the plate reader technology? Do the benefits outweigh the privacy and personal freedom concerns? Or is this an example of big brother yielding too much power with the ability to catalog this data without warrants? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Damian Gray

    There is always an argument to be said for police having an easier time tracking crime and whatnot with yet more surveillance… but where does it stop? The dichotomy between privacy and security is a false one. Even with all this surveillance you aren’t any safer. All that the surveillance does is make it so that they can catch the perp quicker, it does not stop them from doing the deed in the first place. I am very much in favour of privacy over security because the way I see it, in reality there is no such thing as security. Life is going to throw you through the ringer more than a time or two and it’s up to YOU, not the police to pick up the pieces. Capturing the guy who murdered my wife and children (theoretically) isn’t going to help me get my life back in order, only I can do that…and if they got murdered in the first place, then so much for that almighty security that the police are supposed to provide with all that surveillance. Useless. Give my privacy back and stay out of my life. A famous Benjamin Franklin quote comes to mind.

  • http://sites.google.com/site/justsayingmypiece Charlie

    I don’t think there’s any stopping what’s already begun…globally, actually. By now, we have to know that, for the most part, “they” (whoever “they” really is) can keep track of most anyone they wish to…and pretty much for whatever reasons they wish to. Between the traffic cams and satellites and GPS and RFID’s and cell-phones and you-name-it (probably dozens more most of us don’t even know about)…”they” can know as much about us as we know ourselves, practically.

    So…I guess if we have nothing to hide, there’s no problem…and, in fact, all that record-keeping and tracking can, indeed, be very beneficial in some circumstances. It can save lives, help catch elusive criminals, discourage speeding or running red-lights, even catch some crimes on camera, and much more.

    However, in my opinion, there does need to be some heavy public debate and discussion to come up with well thought out policies with built-in parameters that will ensure civil liberties are protected in an overall sense…if it’s not too late.

    It is unfortunate that some of these surveillance systems have become “necessary evils”…it can only mean that “they” want closer control capabilities and/or that crime has risen to such a level that it is the only way law enforcement can attempt to “protect the public” effectively. Either way, I’m sure it’s here to stay, so we just need to be awake and aware and on our best behavior at all times, I guess. Hmmm…I’m just sayin’…

  • http://anon.com Anon

    This is a personal bugbear of mine. Our civil liberties are gradually being eroded and we are constantly told “it is for your own good”. I am a law abiding citizen that considers my anonymity to be most precious.

    For me the decision is simple, I will take more risk to avoid living in a nanny state.

  • chris

    we are turning into a total police state in front of our face!

  • http://www.seanjconnollyphotography.co.uk Sean Connolly

    I think this is essence a good thing, as if the police have more information about stuff, particular our cars they can solve crimes faster. For example if your car is stolen it will be easier to recover, or if you forgot where to park you can ring the police and they can tell you where your car is parked (only joking). But I do think it is a good idea, after all if you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to be afraid of. I just hope they use the information to catch real criminals, and not simply someone going a couple of miles an hour over the speed limit.

  • ches

    Glad they don’t do that in Britain – we have public protection laws, still we don’t have ordinary citizens packing munition – so the situation isn’t the same, ie we don’t have so many thousands of nutters – which is why the police don’t need to carry guns or do this nasty either.

  • kevin

    I would 100% whole heartedly support the plate reader camera, if truely it can really facilitate the police to solve crimes.I don’t feel at all that my freedom has compromised because of that camera.In fact I feel that I just gained more freedom to do things and go to more places because it is much safer. Please do not feel that we are loosing our freedom just because we are being watched, if we are good citizens and we are not doing anything wrong then there is nothing to worry about.It is because of this sofisticated camera that the criminals and the terrorists can not freely conduct their illegal activities that will in turn harm us and our families. Why focus on the negative side, let’s look at the positive side, these cameras are giving us more protections and safety and that in turn means that we can FREELY live our lives do the things that we want to do and go to places that we want to go.

  • http://www.unorthodoxaustralianpoet.com garry

    i think its a great idea .. for a lot of reasons .. main reason is if anything happens to you or your stuff its on record .. but the best reason i think is … do the crime do the time :) it will make it far easier to get caught .. but if you basicly do nothing wrong then you have nothing too worry about other then the odd parking ticket or speeding ticketing .. people are their own worst enemy and scared of the shaddow .. big brother controls by breeding fear into us .. it is the peoples fear that is letting big brother get away with it .. but it is also helping us to peace of mind too .. so its not all bad

  • Beth Goulet-Hillier

    I believe the public should have been made aware of expansion of the plate reader technology, before it was used.

    I disagree that the benefits of this technology outweighs the privacy and personal freedom concerns. This type of technology usage will no doubt be abused by those who use, save and log it.

    This is a perfect example of Big Brother yielding too much power with the ability to catalog this data without warrants. It’s just like – compare to the long gun registry in Canada ~ this information is being used every day. And is being used for proposes other than ‘what originally’ claimed they would use it for. For anyone that has registered guns it is used by police / emergency personal every day and each time it is accessed – it’s referred to again, logged each time they query the registered owner including residence information and these query’s turn into a log of information that is used to document and track. The logs are used to track counts of domestic disputes, any issues of law, issues of drug or alcohol use.

    In Canada I know that they already track if you are stopped in one town and when a licence number is queried the dispatcher will notify the police officer how many times ‘the vehicle’ has been stopped in the last 30 days and ‘of what locations’, of ‘any town’ through-out the province of British Columbia.

    My humble opinion is that this type of technology will be used and saved whether we are law biding or not and it leaves the door far to OPEN to abuse from authorities.

  • JimSlim

    If you live your life with honestly you have nothing to worry about. Its the dishonest that fear invasion of their lives.

    You American’s are funny bunch.
    In God We Trust, but God Forbid We Trust Anyone Else.

    American Hypocrisy at it’s best.

  • http://WMD Mike

    I’m all for it. Anything that will help solve crime and prevent crime is good. I am not for infringing on our private lives, inside our homes and computers

  • Mike Streadwick

    License plate readers are a dangerous invasion of privacy and one more example of the steady erosion of our basic rights and freedoms. It’s frightening to think where all of this is leading, but it looks as though our children and grandchildren will see the full emergence of a Big Brother society during their lifetimes. It’s being developed in stages at present and will continue like a juggernaut if we allow it to.

  • http://www.ottservices.co.uk johannes

    The problem is this: criminals don’t follow the law and their primary motivation is to overcome the barriers of the police and other enforcement agency. In most cases the police is trying to catch up with the criminals’ latest methods and techniques.
    the decent folks over 90% gets it in the neck, a) because they don’t think they have anything to worry about; little do they know about the law, esp. that an unlawful mistake is still an offence and b) police usually ends up not catching the criminals but has to show it does catch something which are the so called “low-fruit” or simply termed: us who made a mistake as opposed to intentionally went out to do harm.
    The law doesn’t or can’t care because it usually can’t prove a criminal a liar when he said it was a mistake and he swears he won’t do it again. So, the court is left to guess about your motivation.
    so surveillance is a complete no no.
    As a last note, police officers and judges are human, show me one that has not failed, who has not shown some favoritism, who hasn’t lied, who has been a perfect citizen as outline in our laws. Only the criminals who could never be caught and has stacks of money to prove his “innocent” will fit that bill!

  • http://blog.healthylivingnow.org Genie

    Doesn’t bother me at all! I have nothing to hide or worry about. As long as they are not watching and keeping track of my bedroom and bathroom affairs, I’m okay.

    To save a child from a kidnapper – priceless!

  • http://www.johnmichaelchristian.net Dr. John Michael Christian

    Great article Josh. Not one I would have expected from WPN but great nonetheless. My perspective on this is that we already have too much of it. We have, since 9/11 (and truth be told even before that) been giving away our liberties out of fear, and if it doesn’t stop we will eventually have none at all. Most people are not aware of the fact that we are slowly moving toward a police state.. and this is yet further testament to that fact.

    You or your readers may be interested in Naomi Wolf’s “The End Of America, A Letter Of Warning To A Young American Patriot” or “Give Me Liberty” or Naomi Klein’s “Shock Doctrine”. All are exceptional at laying out what is happening in this country today. I have personally been researching it for close to ten years and what I have discovered is both abhorrent and shocking. As Judge Napolitano so aptly put it in his book ‘A Nation Of Sheep'; “America consists largely of sheep: we acquiesce in gross violations of our civil liberties…”, and we do.. but that is only the tip of the iceberg.
    Best regards
    Dr. John Michael Christian

  • http://admiral-inground-concrete-swimming-pools.4t.com/ Roger L. Owen

    My Personal Freedom is a THOUSAND TIMES more important. Screw these Freaking Internet Cops in the US. That is why I moved to the Philippines.

    Roger L. Owen
    Candidate for US Congress, TX-01
    2006, 2008

  • http://www.indonesian-wife.com sheldon

    “Anyone who gives up their rights in the name of security, deserves neither.” The next step will be to implant a chip in everyone like they do with racehorses and this will be presented as a benefit like if they find a body or a lost child, they will immediately be able to identify it.

  • Walter Fitzgerald

    The fact of the matter is that there is already too much intrusion into our privacy. If police can plant a gps on someone’s car because of the “Patriot Act,” without a warrant, that’s crossed the line already. We need to be rid of that law altogether. It’s unconstitutional for many reasons. Now to have one’s movements monitored when driving just adds to that high level of intrusion.
    Sure, we want to feel safe, but there is the mis-perception that the police will always protect us, or rush to the rescue. That simply isn’t so, and laws discourage or prohibit law-abiding citizens from taking reasonable measures to protect themselves and each other. In cases of violent crime, domestic and otherwise, the police usually arrive in time to take notes and do interviews.
    It’s time to enable the citizen again, not increase the reach of government and law-enforcement, local, state and federal. Government is not our caretaker, it is meant to keep order, but not to the extreme. This falls on the extreme side.

  • http://the--realist.blogspot.com Phil

    I don’t care about cameras for two reasons. First, I am a law abiding citizen. Second, I honestly don’t expect privacy in my car. The way I see it I am driving around in public open to the scrutiny of thousands of people, cameras, etc. So, the things I want to keep private I do at home or at someone elses home.

    I get that big brother does exist. I just don’t think he’s as smart as some folks. Government is pretty compartmentalized and stupid in the main. So, while there is always a potential for abuse; I don’t think the various agencies and factions are smart enough to put it all together without getting caught.

    That’s the practical side of me. The philosophical side thinks that large scale multi-agency tracking should be done with the same restrictions we place on wiretaps and other survellance. We know how that worked out right?

  • bill

    Lock and Load, America. It’s time to take our country back.

  • geno

    Please note that the plate tracking cameras are not showing the location of any individual, but the location of a vehicle, which is registered in a public information data base, and traveling in a public location. Nobody’s privacy is being compromised in any way. Anything you do in public is NOT a private matter. I do not see how any freedoms are being given up.

  • http://www.renovatelocal.com.au frank gilsenan

    Im in Australia so guess its different here. Its a bit like the right to bear arms in the US its in your constitution .
    If that did not exist there would be thousands of people walking around today that have been murdered only because of the ease of access to firearms. If someone has serious mental issues or a bit crazy nothing to stop them legally purchasing an automatic weapon & letting loose in a public place & killing a lot of innocent place as has happened many times in the past. In my opinion if plate readers help police do their job more effectively & get criminals off the street & make it a safer community for all of us then so what about the privacy issue! it has to be a positive for all of us
    By the way , do we think criminals are not getting smarter & using the latest technology , you better believe it! so why not the cops?

  • Marilyn

    I understand both sides of the debate and maybe this is too simplistic but I personally don’t have anything to hid. The police can record my plate # all they want. Yes, big brother may be watching but when he finds out what a boroing channel I am, he’ll want to change it!

  • sean

    Crazy debate…. makes me want to watch Enemy of the State again to see where and how we can spy on each other. The question becomes moral responsibility of using the technology and to what ends. My thoughts are can I set up cameras that point at my nighbors property and use it just in case or to or event them from doing a crime. Or how about you? I know I don’t want my neighbor watching me and not that I do crime but for my privacy… I hope you are the same way. Now with this particular technology its not as evasive but continues to open the door to pandora which errodes and will destroy freedom. This is truely something to be concerned with because what is the next step in its use…

    Small side and not to open another debate about the loss of freedom is gun registry… now I seem to remember hearing that somewhere a gov with a registry (personal info) ceised guns before eliminating mass of people. Remember the point is more control means more power and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Hmmm… now with that said what happens when we need to “‘refresh liberty” when we have no freedom?

    That’s why we protect our freedom our rights to privacy even at the cost of losing my son your daughter, our cars… don’t think I won’t fight to protect those things either.

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    Before installing cameras across the country, the entire Government, House and Senate should be forced to take a lie detector on the top ten questions the American people wish answered. Most crimes are reported within 48hours, which would then suggest that any information held should be deleted immediately after this time.

  • http://www.inwardbliss.com Gigi Gerow

    I have to ask myself this question: what freedom is lost if the police take a snapshot of my license plate? The right to privacy? To travel privately is sort of an oxymoron isn’t it? The minute you walk out the door you are in public. And if I am “innocent” why do I care? I’m with Commentator Steven: I don’t care if the police have my license plate stored in their database. I don’t care if the police know I go here and there. Maybe I care who has access to the information. Rest assured it isn’t secure.

    But really it is moot. More important freedoms have been quietly handed over to the government since 9/11 so why uproar about this?

    • Watching the Wheels

      I think that partly because our freedoms and rights of privacy are slowly bing stripped, allowing for adjustment times btween each new stunt.

      WHY is is necessary for a company to want a credit report to qualify someone for a job? And before someone tells me to prevent embezzling and other forms of theft. How can you be so sure that the good credit rating wasn’t maintained by these very same things? In light of ALL the bailout bucks, Who the F are they, … to judge.

      Companies have also added cigarettes, liquor and pharmaceuticals to their drug screenings. Medical used to be privaledged information, too.

      These are dangerous trends that will ultimately do more harm than good.

      I personally don’t want to work for anybody incapable of judging my merits by their lonesome selves, or for those who lack the confidence and respect to just talk to me.

      Let the techies grow a set and be willing to deal with me face to face.

  • http://www.nobillsolar.com Selina

    A classic question: What is more important, public safety or personal freedom? What are you willing to sacrifice?

    Always Public safety…
    Only thoughs guilty in their minds or have something to hide would worry and debate if the police tracked their car number plates.
    yes track all.

  • Charlie

    We should put live broadcast security cameras in each political and police office. This will help to weed out the unethical cronies and dirty politicians. This will help to make a transparent government which we are suppose to have. I do not mind being watched because I am not doing anything wrong.
    It cost money to save and protect databases so I agree that the length of data caching should ber limited to the sa,e 10 days as other surveilence recordings.

  • Rick

    I guess the reality of it goes back to the fact that if you are not doing anything wrong or immoral then you shouldn’t care if the plate readers are there or not. It isn’t much different from someone noting your plate number as you drive through their neighbourhood, other than of course, it is done millions of times over by the cameras.

    • Fred

      Rick this simply is not true. There are lots of bad cops and they abuse every tool and toy they are given.

      Where I live, we have a deputy who was just caught stalking someone he personally despises. They had to assign him to a town at the other end of the county so he would not have time to drive by the guys house and glare at him. A judge granted an Order of Protection against this deputy.

      There are hundreds of stories like this one on the internet, don’t close your eyes!

  • Watching the Wheels

    I’m less than thrilled. I’ve already gotten a video ticket. You don’t exactly have much recourse, and you lose your right of being able to face your accuser.

    It’s too easy to game this system from both sides of the equation.

    I believe that one of its purposes is for raising money.

    Get a few video tickets and talk to me then.

  • Courtney

    The only way to ensure our safety 100% is to kill us all. So who is monitoring the watchers? You get beaten or thrown in jail if you film the cops.

    • Fred

      You aren’t supposed to be beaten or tossed in jail for filming the cops, but it happens. They hate being caught doing illegal things and they are not hard to catch! On youtube, see “OrlandoCopWatch”, someone is using that channel to upload vids of cops doing the wrong things. Google reported recently on Takedown requests from cops who did not want brutality on Youtube but Google refused to take the vids down. Good!

  • Fred

    There is a risk, whenever we give more technology to the police, that they will use that technology for their personal agenda and not public safety. There are thousands of stories of abuse on the internet, videos, and photos, of pepper spray, tazers, and even guns being used for something that is NOT public safety. The police are just people, they make mistakes like everyone, but when they fall into error they do so while ARMED and DANGEROUS. I think they have plenty of power tools already.

  • Carol Orphanacos

    The initial example of a child being abducted, is not so far off in my opinion, and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to put their own privacy issues ahead of such an example.I don’t subscribe to the image of “Big Brother is watching”, either, police today have more than enough on their plate and certainly don’t have time, nor do I think any interest in simply going through data bases to see what I am doing, unless I am involved in criminal activity. In that case I should be checked out.

  • Constance Bartenbach

    This is a nightmare directly out of Sylvester Stalones’ ‘Demolition Man’ movie.

    Seems that not only did congress not read the Patriot Act, but also failed to inform the public of it’s contents for that same reason. How could they? After all, it was called the Patriot Act for a reason. To manipulate and create guilt in the minds of the public if it was not accepted after 9/11.

    It is certainly time to repeal the Patriot Act. Pursuing terrorists is one thing, but using this technology to pursue non-terrorists is another thing altogether. We might as well live in Russia. They seem to know more about democracy nowadays than we do.

  • M Heron

    Does anyone remamber what it was like under Stalin or Lenin in Russia with movements restricted and spied on a lot of the time. I find this quite frightening, becaus egullible people are accepting this and setting the scene for total dictatorship. You can see how much some politicians want poaer and will do almost anything not to give it up. It just needs the right scenario and this will be the ticket they’ve been lookung for. You all should feel very frightened, not unthinkenly accepting it.

  • Timms

    License platyes can be switched, so the entire thing is flawed to begin with. This would be the argument everytime something goes to court… ‘the plates were switched’, ‘I’m being framed’. Americans are one of the most paranoid people on earth… and everyone has to follow them on safety measurements being implemented… the full body scanners at airports, taking of you shoes, etc… Some morons make it on a plane with explosives, and the rest of the world has to suffer for it. If they would have done their job right, nothing would have changed. One event (9/11) and the US managd to bring itself to the edge of being bankrupt, sold out to the Patriot Act, etc… All the enemy has to do is sit back and watch the US destroy itself from within. So naive, so paranoid, so stupid, …what’s next?

  • http://corfu.net84.net jan kajander

    The traffic camera surveilance pins has a major problem.Price that is paid by taxpayers money. I checked out since i was thinking 5000 euro
    but i also got in Sweden the figure of 50000 euro per pin,we have 800 of them installed, and i got this one.

    www.itscosts.its.dot.gov/its/benecost.nsf/…/SC2009-00180 – Cached
    The ROTC lacked real-time visual traffic surveillance capability, a system function the MCDOT … This yields an average cost of $55860 per camera installation. …

    So then i checked component price, ev work and transport and it arrived to 1500 euro at max even so that the low security makes it possible to manipulate images afterwards, eg it does not hold in court.
    So the very reason to have this pins fall…

    These are capable of reading the plates, it just depends on image recognition technologies and how fast the computer park is….

    Yours Sincerely
    Jan kajander

  • Alex

    Freedom? Where?!?!? You are lost it long time ago. (And me, since I live in US). Those DB’s already exists, govmnt will just “legalize” them in citizens mind.
    Freedom on short leash! Govmnt will do whatever they are want, and no one will knew about that (normal ppl).
    It is doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree of something, if it is comfortable for govmnt it will be allowed and used. Voting doesn’t mean anything anymore. Nobody cares about your thoughts.
    America use to be great country, but not now (same as other countries). Right now, America is police country with total control. Police use to protect and serve, right now it is “legal racket”, organization to make money.
    All freedom is fog and fairy tails. Maybe it is sounds paranoid, but everyone might be tracked in modern world, it is depends on technologies, which is govmt have.

  • John smith

    This is such a gross intrusion of personal freedom, those that can’t see this are dillusional and quite frankly naive nobheads.

    The license plates reader Are just a taster of what is coming. Wait till there is face recognition and live tracking, here in the uk it is where we are heading.

    If you can not see how wrong this is then unfortunately you can be lead straight into the chamber
    When the final solution comes back round again.

  • John

    Nice thought, but not a good idea. There are a few crooks in the police dept, every once in a while you hear about it on the news, so what is to stop them from using the tracking database to track you to see when you left home and how far away you are, then they rob your house. Not only that, what is to stop a hacker criminal from doing the same thing. They can’t say it’s secure because we all know nothing is 100% secure.

  • Keybored

    Seriously, we have bigger problems affecting our privacy and civil liberties. I do not care if license photos of my car are kept in deep storage forever. The opportunity (yes opportunity) to catch bad guys is important. Do the cops really want to track what route I drove to get across town?? NO! Do I care if they did? NO! This does not take away my freedoms! Be afraid only if you are a lair, adulterer or an otherwise rotten bad guy! This technology is good.

  • Earl

    4th Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    I firmly believe that if they want to track my license plate, they must first get a search warrant from a Judge (and this can take less than 15 minutes). Though this may seem grotesque to some, but when one freedom is taken away, then you have entered a slippery slope of what will allowed to be taken next, and next, and next. The Patriot Act only goes to prove this (you walk into any airport, and your facial features are run against a database of known terrorist, and what else we don’t know. And, it isn’t just DC, but rather the greater DC area. Both Maryland State Police and Virginia State Police (as well as Federal Patrol units such as Park Police, FPS, etc.) carry the equipment in their patrol cars and let them run all the time. And, that data goes into a database that can be kept forever. The only limitation is the size of the storage that you can afford to store it (and storage is rather cheap now with the way technology is). And if it can be stored, it can be correlated and the personal actions of everyone tracked. And, the data wouldn’t even have to be that much, license plate, name of owner, location, and time. With 6 months of data you could track the habits of everyone (and I don’t believe it for a second that it is destroyed after 10 days, what I believe is they will only admit to having 10 days of data, while correlating everything they have, be it 1 year or 10). Now, on the down side, there has already been a conservative Federal Judge (ergo, bring the guilty #^%@$ into the court room so I can arraign him) uphold the use of the tracking cameras as just an electronic means of the more tradition action of “putting a tail” on someone. Up to now, no one has cared about police running every plate they see because of the physical limitations that limit the number of plates that can be run. End results, they only looked for the plates of high interest related to a felony activity. Now, they track everyone, and pull everyone into the drag net that before was only reserved for the fleeing felons or after getting a search warrant. So, either they get a warrant or they don’t track anyone (and under extreme circumstances, a warrant can be obtained in 15 minutes).

  • http://www.psychicpriestesskandiranson.info Priestess Kandi Ranson

    I don’t get it! I am ALMOST surprised that people would disagree with this. If you aren’t doing anything wrong there is no harm in knowing about what has been happening long before it became public knowledge.

    Your license plate is out there in the public view. Anyone can take a photo of it, find out your personal information and then steal your identity.

    I do have to wonder if the same people, that are complaining about this, are the same that are doing nothing when they see or know about crime?

    Are these the same people who are afraid to let their kids play out in their own yards for fear of their children being negatively influenced, harmed, kidnapped or murdered; in turn their kids creativity is being squashed by video games, computers and T.V.; not to mention their suffering health and lack of knowing about the world around them in nature?

    Are these the same people who complain about the increased drug and crime problems in their own schools and neighborhoods?

  • Concerned

    Don’t want to sound crazy but, is this 1940 Nazi Germany? Turn in ANYBODY that uses their first amendment rights, or if you dare to say something wrong about our so called President. You have to be careful for, our So called Government will arrest you for your option. This is a fact now. The Taliban has WON. We have given away OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS out of the fear that our Government has created. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe in a good National Defense but, to the point we give away our freedoms. WRONG!!!! WE THE PEOPLE! need to take it back!!! OUR COUNTRY! I am a Vietnam era Veteran. I have never served in combat. But, I would willing Defend our CONSTITUTION! Our Politicians write the laws to control us as they put them selves above the very laws they right. Our Government is falling and NO longer serves the people. They serve them selves!

  • http://www.facebook.com/notes/security-camera/alert-logitech-wireless-outside-cameras/286375034734522 Security Camera

    Depending on what topic we’re talking about

  • gee frr

    how come the police dont anythin 2 my ex boyfriend n his wife when the come n beat my ass n drop off kids that dont belong 2 me wow so when i kill my ex boyfriend n his wife n the kods then the police is goin 2 put me in jail

  • gee frr

    how come the police dont anythin 2 my ex boyfriend n his wife when the come n beat my ass n drop off kids that dont belong 2 me wow so when i kill my ex boyfriend n his wife n the kods then the police is goin 2 put me in jail the licenes plant number is 5wxx744

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