Justin Case writes:
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?
Obtaining license plate information is still pretty difficult. Joe Citizen is pretty well frozen out of this information unless you have an insurance claim (your insurance company can get it, but you usually can't).
Building a database would be slow and painful, (unless there were a lot of state DMV data breaches).
Actually it is farily easy. Sometimes it costs a couple of bucks and you often have to at least name the License Number and Make and Model. I know for a fact you can do this in at least these states: Washington, Nebraska, Colorado, and Michigan. Its all public records my friend.
Ohh and on top of it in many states you can even purchase others driving records for a few bucks. Wow timmy has had a lot of speeding tickets. Its all public records.
The government doesn't care one bit about your privacy, of course. They just want to exploit the information and sell everything to the highest bidder. Such transparency!
Lots of things that shouldn't be public records seem to be. That needs to be fixed.
For EVERYONE, yes. Generally police and government vehicles typically follow an easily recognizable plate scheme though, at least, where I'm from.