ACLU Wants Police To Quickly Purge Records of Car Sightings – Forbes

Posted: July 20, 2013 by scaryhouse in Uncategorized

In a new report, the American Civil Liberties Union is calling for police departments to purge data of car sightings obtained through license plate recognition within a few weeks unless officials have evidence of an infraction or crime.

http://www.aclu.org/files/assets/071613-aclu-alprreport-opt-v05.pdf

“There is no reason for law enforcement agencies to retain data on the comings and goings of innocent Americans. While holding onto ‘hit’ data while an investigation or case is ongoing is legitimate, law enforcement agencies should not be storing data about people who have done nothing wrong,” the ACLU said in the report released this week.

As license plate recognition technology has improved to very high accuracy levels in recent years, police departments and private sector companies such as vehicle repossession services have embraced the technology. Local LOCM +1.57% jurisdictions set their own policies on how long they keep the data, creating the potential for privacy violations.

“While it is legitimate to use license plate readers to identify those who are alleged to have committed crimes, the overwhelming majority of people whose movements are monitored and recorded by these machines are innocent, and there is no reason for the police to be keeping records on their movements,” the report said. “Ordinary people going about their daily lives have every right to expect that their movements will not be logged into massive government databases.”

via ACLU Wants Police To Quickly Purge Records of Car Sightings – Forbes.

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