Technlogy scans license plates, sparks privacy concerns

Jan 13, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: KXTV

According to a new report from California Watch, a project from the Center for Investigative Reporting, a private company in Livermore collected more than 550 million license plate records across the country, which some say is a violation of privacy.

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B Fife

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Jan 13, 2012
 
WELCOME to the jungle....

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Mom

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Jan 13, 2012
 
This is almost funny... these days everyone in the world has a camera in their pocket - there is no longer an 'expectation of privacy' when one is out in public. We get video taped in every store, at every corner and everywhere in between without our knowing - all day long everyday.

While I get that this use of technology sounds like "Big Brother" the reality is it's hard to pick and choose when/where/ what conditions all this 'stuff' is appropriate.

Honestly, I figure if the technology helps to identify stolen property, criminals etc. good... use it. If you're out minding your own business and you're taped/tracked etc what does it matter? Even if the law enforcement community stopped using technology, it doesn't guarantee anyones privacy - crooks still have access to it as does the stranger taking your picture from across the room without you knowing...

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Jan 16, 2012
 
This is why I don't put any plates on my car. The whereabouts of citizens are private.
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Jan 17, 2012
 
Mom wrote:
This is almost funny... these days everyone in the world has a camera in their pocket - there is no longer an 'expectation of privacy' when one is out in public. We get video taped in every store, at every corner and everywhere in between without our knowing - all day long everyday.

While I get that this use of technology sounds like "Big Brother" the reality is it's hard to pick and choose when/where/ what conditions all this 'stuff' is appropriate.

Honestly, I figure if the technology helps to identify stolen property, criminals etc. good... use it. If you're out minding your own business and you're taped/tracked etc what does it matter? Even if the law enforcement community stopped using technology, it doesn't guarantee anyones privacy - crooks still have access to it as does the stranger taking your picture from across the room without you knowing...
The difference is this data is being collected. Your behavior is tracked. The stores and other public places where there are cameras are not keeping files with just your picture and behavior. They use it to catch shoplifters.

If the stranger across the street kept taking your pictures and followed you wherever you went would you still be so casual about it? I think you might call it stalking and be concerned. This is same thing only on a larger scale.

I agree it has some benefits and if you are a good citizen why worry. But what I don't like is that it's done by a private firm without people's consent or knowledge. That makes me very uncomfortable.
VigilantCitizen

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Jan 17, 2012
 

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This is almost funny... these days everyone in the world has a camera in their pocket - there is no longer an 'expectation of privacy' when one is out in public. We get video taped in every store, at every corner and everywhere in between without our knowing - all day long everyday.
While I get that this use of technology sounds like "Big Brother" the reality is it's hard to pick and choose when/where/ what conditions all this 'stuff' is appropriate.
Honestly, I figure if the technology helps to identify stolen property, criminals etc. good... use it. If you're out minding your own business and you're taped/tracked etc what does it matter? Even if the law enforcement community stopped using technology, it doesn't guarantee anyones privacy - crooks still have access to it as does the stranger taking your picture from across the room without you knowing...
Your almost Scarey!!
Everytime I hear someone say, " If your not breaking the law, why do you care?" It's because I don't break the law that I care. When you go to Wal-mart you give up your rights to privacy because some piece of turd wanted to shop lift. So would you mind if they snapped your picture in the dressing room? mind if I scan you into my database because someone stole my wallet once? Wake the f--k up lady! lucky for you not everyone is on anti-depresants.
I wonder how the Police would feel if I have a scanner and locate the leaving work and drinking at Palomoni's Bar. Are they breaking the law?
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Jan 18, 2012
 
VigilantCitizen wrote:
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Your almost Scarey!!
Everytime I hear someone say, " If your not breaking the law, why do you care?" It's because I don't break the law that I care. When you go to Wal-mart you give up your rights to privacy because some piece of turd wanted to shop lift. So would you mind if they snapped your picture in the dressing room? mind if I scan you into my database because someone stole my wallet once? Wake the f--k up lady! lucky for you not everyone is on anti-depresants.
I wonder how the Police would feel if I have a scanner and locate the leaving work and drinking at Palomoni's Bar. Are they breaking the law?
Not everyone is paranoid either...
VigilantCitizen

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Jan 19, 2012
 
Sorry to hear you're paranoid Fred. Live a little.
North Livermore Resident

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Jan 20, 2012
 
any photo taken in a public place is not a violation of privacy rights.
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Jan 22, 2012
 

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any photo taken in a public place is not a violation of privacy rights.
Good...I can video tape you blowing your boyfriend in the car?
JRC

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Jan 30, 2012
 
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Good...I can video tape you blowing your boyfriend in the car?
Yes you can videotape her giving a BJ in a car. Though that is a punishable offense: indecent exposure. So in that case you would be breaking state law
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Jan 30, 2012
 
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Yes you can videotape her giving a BJ in a car. Though that is a punishable offense: indecent exposure. So in that case you would be breaking state law
She'd be the one breaking the law for indecent exposure.
It seems that the old law for how much information the police can have is outdated. If it was a good law then we should update it and disallow companies like this.

"While privacy rules restrict what police can do with their own databases, Vigilant Video, headquartered in Livermore, Calif., offers a loophole. It's a private business not required to operate by those same rules."

Are there any reasons except privacy that the police aren't allowed to have too much information on us?

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