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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: 2) by captain normal on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:03PM

    by captain normal (2205) on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:03PM (#199142)

    ".. allowing them to set up all this surveillance infrastructure"...
    That ship has already sailed. It is here now and there is no going back (without a world wide disaster). The large phone companies have had such infrastructure for decades. The best we can do is require adherence to (here in the US) the Constitution of the U.S. In particular the first 10 Amendments. I think G.B and France, and most European countries have similar guaranteed rights.
     

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anal Pumpernickel on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:21PM

    by Anal Pumpernickel (776) on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:21PM (#199147)

    That ship has already sailed. It is here now and there is no going back (without a world wide disaster). The large phone companies have had such infrastructure for decades.

    Let's not add to it, then. We should focus our efforts on getting rid of the existing mass surveillance infrastructure.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 21 2015, @06:46PM (#199156)

    > It is here now and there is no going back (without a world wide disaster).

    There may be no going back, but there is going forward. Technology has a way of obsoleting the status quo. Maybe we can't change the status quo through arguments for privacy, but we can make it easier to leave that quo behind through conscious choices regarding the use of new technology.