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posted by martyb on Sunday December 06 2015, @07:31PM   Printer-friendly
from the goose-and-gander dept.

If you have an IP-enabled security camera, you can download some free, open-source software from GitHub and boom—you have a fully functional automated license plate reader, reports ArsTechnica .

Matt Hill, OpenALPR's founder, told Ars technica "I'm a big privacy advocate... now you've got LPR just in the hands of the government, which isn't a good thing."

Will "they" like it when "we" have a crowdsourced database of where and when congressmen, judges and cops go throughout their work day?

Does this level the playing field? Open yet another can of worms? Both?


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  • (Score: 2) by q.kontinuum on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:26PM

    by q.kontinuum (532) on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:26PM (#272560) Journal

    As the summary implied, we'd need a list of government officials, lobbyists etc. and their plate numbers. The software could be implemented to discard all data not white-listed. (As open source, this could be reverted by individuals, but if the project leads on to collect information only for specific numbers, I guess majority would keep it that way. Although there is a risk of neighborhood-wannabe-cops feeding in lists of former sexual offenders.)

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  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:36PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:36PM (#272564) Journal

    As the summary implied, we'd need a list of government officials, lobbyists etc. and their plate numbers.

    Those are far from the only people that one might want to monitor. But they are also the people that would have no problem getting their plates changed for no other reason than that plate having appeared in some public database.

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