CruiserTwelve: geekbikerskum: The ability to amass large amounts of data on the movements of ordinary citizens and sift through that data is unprecedented, and drastically reduces if not eliminates the notion of anonymity in public spaces.License plate readers don't actually track any specific person's movements. They simply record the location of all vehicles at specific times, something anyone standing on a street corner could do. If there is a violation of privacy, and there is an argument whether someone has a right to privacy while on a public street, it comes when the data is retrieved. If the police use that data to track you while you are doing something perfectly legal, that would be a violation. If they use it to identify the location of violators, then it's legally and ethically acceptable.Given the massive amounts of data these things record, it's impossible for the cops to track a random person's movements unless they specifically sought to track their movements.If it offends a person because they had their license plate tracked in public, then the only way to avoid that is to stay home. You can't expect privacy in a public place.So far the only use I've seen for license plate readers has been good. Example: A woman complained to the police that her ex-husband violated a protection order by continuously driving past her house. He denied being anywhere near her house at the time of the alleged violations. However, an LPR showed him passing through a nearby intersection at the time of the violation and when he claimed to be at home across town. He was charged and convicted based on that evidence.I can give other examples too, all of which are legitimate uses of the LPR.
Satanic_Hamster: Yeah, there's no way that cunning plan of yours can fail or be a hindrance to the public well being.
The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: ALPR is almost as bad as SCMODS.
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