License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers

I am always amazed at the number of Police cars which are out there.  On the way to school each day, only a mile there and back, I invariably see two Police cars.  What on earth can they be doing I wonder, in this 65,000 nothing-ever-happens town?  There’s always a Police helicopter overhead at all times of the day.  Here’s a possible answer to that question in two posts that came in just now.

Are they filming traffic?

When the city of San Leandro, Calif., purchased a license-plate reader for its police department in 2008, computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city for a record of every time the scanners had photographed his car.
The results shocked him.
The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. Katz-Lacabe said it had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including one image from 2009 that shows him and his daughters stepping out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.
That photograph, Katz-Lacabe said, made him “frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection.” The single patrol car in San Leandro equipped with a plate reader had logged his car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and location.
At a rapid pace, and mostly hidden from the public, police agencies throughout California have been collecting millions of records on drivers and feeding them to intelligence fusion centers operated by local, state and federal law enforcement.

St. Louis Police Chief Wants Drones to Patrol High Crime Areas

UAVs would also track suspicious vehicles
Paul Joseph Watson
June 27, 2013

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has called for the city’s high crime areas to be patrolled by unmanned surveillance drones within a year, in addition to using the technology to track suspicious vehicles.

Privacy rules on using the drones would be drawn from internal police guidelines and the UAVs could be in use by next summer.
“I think the technology is there now domestically for law enforcement agencies to rely on unmanned aerial observation platforms to do a variety of things,” said Dotson, applications which would include tracking suspicious vehicles and spying on high crime areas.
“That’s what we use helicopters for now, I think that’s what we use neighborhood cameras (for)….if you’re in a public space there is no expectation of privacy,” added Dotson.
An ACLU representative responded by labeling the drones, “big brother in the sky all the time….before we get too far with this technology I think we as Americans deserve to know the rules that would protect us from that kind of constant surveillance day in and day out everywhere we go.”
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One Response to “License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers”

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