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posted by janrinok on Sunday June 21 2015, @04:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the back-to-eating-donuts dept.

In a rare move against the advance of license plate readers, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has vetoed a plan to acquire the scanners in the Bayou State. It had previously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature overwhelmingly.

Many law enforcement agencies nationwide use these specialized cameras to scan cars and compare them at incredible speeds to a "hot list" of stolen or wanted vehicles. In some cases, that data is kept for weeks, months, or even years.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/06/louisiana-governor-vetoes-license-plate-reader-bill-citing-privacy-concerns/

[Related]: Governor's Statement

Senate Bill No. 250


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @04:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @04:36PM (#199115)

    the NSA surveillance controversy. In theory, it could be solved by the adoption and rigorous observance of protocols for secure data transfer and periodic records disposal. In practice, those prototols would be full of holes.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @05:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @05:57PM (#199139)

    In practice all this surveillance info could be used to blackmail leaders (if it's not already being used to do so).

    How many of your leaders are squeaky clean (if they were would they even managed to get to their positions?).

    If the spies can spy on everyone they can spy on your leaders and thus blackmail them. Then who is controlling who?

    • (Score: 2) by That_Dude on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:02PM

      by That_Dude (2503) on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:02PM (#199182)

      If this is so, then couldn't the targets thus manipulate their watchers?

      • (Score: 3, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:48PM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:48PM (#199197) Journal

        If this is so, then couldn't the targets thus manipulate their watchers?

        Who will they be sleeper agents for? Developing a false life for decades in order to fool a security apparatus isn't something conducive to spontaneous democratic rebellions.

        • (Score: 2) by That_Dude on Sunday June 21 2015, @10:47PM

          by That_Dude (2503) on Sunday June 21 2015, @10:47PM (#199219)

          Ever played Three-Card Monte?

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 22 2015, @12:14AM

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 22 2015, @12:14AM (#199226) Journal

            Ever played Three-Card Monte?

            No, I'm not that much of a sucker. The problem here too is that the supposed mark can change the rules on a whim.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:24AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:24AM (#199232)

    Why you guys think it is the government surveillance that is an issue is beyond me.

    Oooh, gotta run. Time to check out my Facebook account!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @01:06AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @01:06AM (#199240)

      Why you guys think it is the government surveillance that is an issue is beyond me.

      Corporations readily cooperate with the government, so whatever data corporations have the government is likely to get.

      And government surveillance can be used to more easily destroy your life, destroy democracy [gnu.org], and is larger in scale.

      Oooh, gotta run. Time to check out my Facebook account!

      Good thing I don't have a Facebook account.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:38PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:38PM (#199388)

        Whoooosh....