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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @05:10AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @05:10AM (#272751)

    No, they are violations of law. Asset forfeiture, as often practiced, is a complete violation of the constitution. The drug war often uses unconstitutional methods as well. What we need is accountability for those who break the law and the politicians create the unconstitutional laws and policies. Instead, if the courts care about the constitution at all, the offending laws or policies simply get overturned, but the enforcers and creators of those laws and policies are never punished.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @12:54PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @12:54PM (#272864)

    Sounds like you are endorsing a government that is rule of man not rule of law. Good luck with that.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @02:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @02:42PM (#272904)

      Just the opposite. I want the government to follow the constitution, which is the highest law of the land. I want those in the government who violate the constitution to be punished for doing so. That's the rule of law.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @03:09PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 07 2015, @03:09PM (#272914)

        So you are telling me that the solution is to use laws?

        Where have I heard that before?

        Oh. It was my post that you said was wrong.

        You dumbass.