Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

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?


Original Submission

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:34PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @08:34PM (#272562)

    Not a fan of history or just young?

    Once upon a time when VHS tapes still existed the government claimed they could demand the rental video history of anyone without a warrant. This went on with the courts doing their damnedest to lick the boots of congresscritters and police officers until someone started releasing the rental video history of legislators. Overnight a new law was in place and the whole thing is over.

    The same has a high likelihood of happening here. Cops, prosecutors, judges, and politicians love following the minutiae of their lessers. They hate it when people do it to them.

    Starting Score:    0  points
    Moderation   +4  
       Insightful=4, Total=4
    Extra 'Insightful' Modifier   0  

    Total Score:   4  
  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday December 06 2015, @09:55PM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday December 06 2015, @09:55PM (#272594) Journal

    Cops, prosecutors, judges, and politicians love following the minutiae of their lessers. They hate it when people do it to them.

    Apparently the AC can't even understand the logical outcome of his own argument.

    Joe Citizen will be forbidden to obtain lists of license plates, or to distribute such lists, but the police will have no such restrictions.

    That is EXACTLY what happened in the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_Privacy_Protection_Act>Video Privay Case [wikipedia.org]. The police can still obtain such lists, and still without a warrant, simply a NSL letter. Nothing has change.

    So you seem to be rooting for the Status Quo.

    Also, the guy [newrepublic.com] that wrote about Bork's viewing habits never published the list. He just poked a little fun at a few titles. Seems your memory isn't all that good as to what actually happened. Not a fan of history, or just old?

    --
    No, you are mistaken. I've always had this sig.
    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:47PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @10:47PM (#272610)

      The butthurt is strong with the immature jackoff. Same as usual.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @11:06PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 06 2015, @11:06PM (#272618)

      So you seem to be rooting for the Status Quo.

      A liberal without a cause? I did not posit my "rooting", there was no opinion on the morality of this action by me. You asked a question:

      How is this anything like a "strike back"?

      I answered it.

      If you wish to refute my reasoning;
      1. Wikipedia is not a valid source for an educated audience and it will be ignored as it should be.
      2. A "news" source owned by Chris Hughes is definitely worse than wikipedia.
      3. You will have to refute the reasoning, not just the technicalities to convince anyone. Sure NSL gets around any need for any warrant anywhere until SCOTUS gets a hearing on them. That has as little to do with the original point and detracts from rational, cool-headed discussion just like your other hyperbolic statements and ad hominem.

      Perhaps you need to take a break, calm your anger, and start again here. [philosophypages.com]