Few limits on license-plate data
License-plate readers are not subject to the same legal restrictions as GPS devices that can be used to track an individual’s movements. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously last year that lengthy GPS tracking constitutes a Fourth Amendment search and may require a warrant.
Then-California state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, introduced a bill last year that would have required California police to purge license-plate data after 60 days and applied that rule to companies that collect such data. Law enforcement and private businesses involved in the technology resisted, and the bill died.
- License-Plate Cameras Are Part of the Domestic Surveillance You Didn’t Know About (reason.com)
- Police Are Using License Plate Readers To Track Your Car’s Movements (thinkprogress.org.feedsportal.com)
- License-plate readers let police collect millions of records on drivers (blacklistednews.com)
- Police license plate readers allow drivers to be tracked (thisgotmyattention.wordpress.com)
- Bill limits license plate data filing (wwlp.com)
- License plate locations tracked, details stored (wnd.com)