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?
> How is this anything like a "strike back"? Putting tracking into the hands of everybody doesn't make it more palatable.
It is a strike back when someone puts a camera in front of the police station to figure out which vehicles are unmarked and/or privately owned by police and then uses that database to keep waze updated with the locations of all police vehicles. I can think of other more political uses - like scanning the parking lots for the plates politicians to see how often they visit motels in their home towns...
Admittedly the guy running the service doesn't seem to grasp how this information can be used to make ANPR unpalatable to the ruling class. But if they aren't going to legislate better privacy protections, then the only option left is to give them a heaping helping of their own dogfood.