Slash Boxes

SoylentNews is people

posted by CoolHand on Sunday May 10 2015, @03:49AM   Printer-friendly
from the evil-vs-good dept.

It's not just governments and law enforcement agencies that are advocating the use of license plate readers, as The Intercept's Lee Fang reports:

As privacy advocates battle to rein in the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs), they're going up against another industry that benefits from this mass surveillance: lenders and debt collectors. [...] In Rhode Island, for instance, state Rep. Larry Valencia and state Sen. Gayle Goldin proposed bills in 2014 to prohibit the sale or trade of data collected by ALPRs, and to mandate that the state destroy records after one year.

I filed a records request and found two letters in opposition. One letter came from the[sic] Steven G. O'Donnell, on behalf of the Rhode Island State Police, arguing that law enforcement should be able to come up with its own internal procedures to govern the use of ALPRs. The other letter came from Danielle Fagre Arlow, senior vice president to the American Financial Services Association (AFSA), a trade group for consumer lending companies, some of which target the subprime market.

"Our particular interest in the bill," Arlow wrote, "is the negative impact it would have on ALPR’s valuable role in our industry – the ability to identify and recover vehicles associated with owners who have defaulted on their loans and are not responding to good-faith efforts to contact them." Arlow opposed the bill's restrictions on "how long data can be kept because access to historical data is important in determining where hard-to-find vehicles are likely located."

AFSA lobbied against several similar bills as they were proposed around the country. In Massachussetts, the group lobbied against a bill designed to destroy ALPR records after 90 days. AFSA argued that such a regime is unfair because "ALPR systems work best when they are used to string together the historical locations of vehicles."

[...] According to the ACLU of Rhode Island, the ALPR privacy bill died last session — notably, the bill failed after the consumer lending lobbyists voiced their opposition.

Unofficial Secrets is a newly launched and more frequently updated blog from First Look Media/The Intercept.

Related stories:

DHS Wants a National License Plate Tracking System
Ars Technica Obtains Large Dataset of Oakland Police Department License Plate Scans
Watch Out for "Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection"

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: 1) by anubi on Sunday May 10 2015, @04:37AM

    by anubi (2828) on Sunday May 10 2015, @04:37AM (#180988) Journal

    You have hit on what I believe is the primary driver for all this governmental snooping.

    All this data collection on who is where at any given time can be very expensive to acquire.

    Congressmen are much cheaper.

    So, get Congress - funded by the American people - to track everyone in the name of national security, but the real reason in doing it is we have become a nation of debtors.

    Also, deadbeat dads will have a much harder time shucking marital responsibilities.

    "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." [KJV: I Thessalonians 5:21]
  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by captain normal on Sunday May 10 2015, @05:19AM

    by captain normal (2205) on Sunday May 10 2015, @05:19AM (#180997)

    You almost have a good idea there. To me, we should be tracking the congress critters. See where they hang out and who they hang out with.

    Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts"- --Daniel Patrick Moynihan--
    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by rts008 on Sunday May 10 2015, @12:50PM

      by rts008 (3001) on Sunday May 10 2015, @12:50PM (#181073)

      To me, we should be tracking the congress critters. See where they hang out and who they hang out with.

      Your appetite and 'hope' would die a horrid death being witness to that much depravity, soul-blackening stench of evil, and slimy filth.

      I would strongly suggest intial trials with lawyers and telemarketers as trackers at first. No, scratch that, it would be impossible to measure any changes in their EvilMeter readings. :-(