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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"

 
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 10 2015, @03:16PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday May 10 2015, @03:16PM (#181094)

    As far as I know, in MD, PA, and OK, if the vehicle is operated or parked[1] on 'public' roadways, it needs to correctly display it's icense plate,

    That is pretty much the case for all 50 states.

    Walmart's(for example) parking lot would most likely be private property and you could safely do so for a short time, but then the owner can call the cops to tow away the 'abandoned/suspicious' vehicle.

    That is where one of those james-bond plate-flippers comes in. Put a fake plate on there when you are not on public property. Modern license plates are so much easier to forge than they used to be. Many states don't even emboss them anymore.

    Another option would be to put a fake paper temporary license in the window - you could even use your actual information so it would be less fake. All you really need is something to keep the "if you see something, say something" idiots pacified. Combine that with some electrochromic glass [ebay.com] and you would be able to hide your plate from known scanners, like the cameras at every tollbooth, parking garage, etc at the flip of a switch. No fiddling with a screwdriver every time you park.