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"We've actually picked up two vehicles today using the camera system, from historical data."
Automatic license plate readers in the hands of government agencies pose numerous risks to motorists' privacy, particularly absent good data policy restricting data retention and sharing. But lesser known is the increasingly widespread private deployment of license plate readers, for example by "repo men" like the person narrating the video above.
While the DEA and other government agencies are pooling captured plate data for investigative data-mining purposes, those agencies are at least theoretically supposed to adhere to the Privacy Act and other democratic checks. (To our knowledge, the DEA has thus far ignored Privacy Act requirements pertaining to its ALPR program, but some local communities have taken the technology on at the city police department level and won.)
Since most states don't have rules protecting us from corporations harvesting our license plate information, some companies are using the technology to their advantage in ways that can only be described as creepy.