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How License Plate Readers Are Being Used To Record Americans' Movements

Automated License Plate Readers

 

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1.License plate readers may be used by law enforcement agencies only

License plate readers may be used by law enforcement agencies only to investigate hits and in other circumstances in which law enforcement agents reasonably believe that the plate data are relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.

2.The government must not store data about innocent people

The government must not store data about innocent people for any lengthy period. Unless plate data has been flagged, retention periods should be measured in days or weeks, not months and certainly not years.

3.People should be able to find out if plate data of vehicles registered to them

People should be able to find out if plate data of vehicles registered to them are contained in a law enforcement agency’s database.

4.Law enforcement agencies should not share license plate reader data

Law enforcement agencies should not share license plate reader data with third parties that do not follow proper retention and access principles. They should also be transparent regarding with whom they share license plate reader data.

5.Any entity that uses license plate readers should be required to report

Any entity that uses license plate readers should be required to report its usage publicly on at least an annual basis.

 


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