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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: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @05:50PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @05:50PM (#199135)

    What if the alternative is higher taxes (because the license plate readers can replace human toll collectors, along with their pension benefits and sick pay?).

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Anal Pumpernickel on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:18PM

    by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:18PM (#199146)

    Surrendering privacy for lower taxes is foolish. And if you think the companies who make these things are going to be cheap, you're wrong. Somehow they always find a way to collect as much money as possible from the taxpayers.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:43PM (#199155)

    > What if the alternative is higher taxes?

    Remember Mussolini? He made the trains run on time.

    Everything has a price. The fundamental freedom of the citizenry to travel without being stalked is worth a lot more than the cost of a bunch of human toll collectors.

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by linuxrocks123 on Sunday June 21 2015, @07:00PM

      by linuxrocks123 (2557) on Sunday June 21 2015, @07:00PM (#199162) Journal

      Please stop spreading misinformation: http://www.snopes.com/history/govern/trains.asp [snopes.com]

      • (Score: 4, Insightful) by khallow on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:42PM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 21 2015, @08:42PM (#199196) Journal
        I'm sure the grandparent was quite aware that the saying was Fascist propaganda. Just because it's not entirely true isn't relevant. What is relevant is that it was used as an excuse to rationalize a tyranny. Even if it were entirely true, it doesn't justify Fascism. Should we institution a substantial curbing of human freedom just to save a little money on human toll collectors any more than we should to have trains that run on time? I just don't think so.
        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:40PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:40PM (#199215)

          > I'm sure the grandparent was quite aware that the saying was Fascist propaganda.

          As the GP, I confirm. I read that snopes article many years ago. And you are also correct, it makes no difference to the point being illustrated - that arguments for efficiency are too often just shortcuts to fascism.

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

          by Anonymous Coward on Monday June 22 2015, @12:22AM (#199231)

          Just because it's not entirely true isn't relevant.

          Don't let troublesome things like facts get in the way of making your point. It is the story that's important, not whether it is true. You'd make a great rabbi.

          Or cable network pundit.

          • (Score: 1) by khallow on Monday June 22 2015, @12:40AM

            by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Monday June 22 2015, @12:40AM (#199234) Journal

            Don't let troublesome things like facts get in the way of making your point.

            This fact didn't get in my way in the first place because running the trains on time, even if it were true, just isn't justification for tyranny. And we're all aware that the saying is a lie, even the person who sardonically quoted [soylentnews.org] the saying in the first place.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:14PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @09:14PM (#199205)

    Yer suggestin dey can terk er jerbs!