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Private California-based company compiling license plate database on US drivers, more than 550 million plates!

 
Laura Bow
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Private California-based company compiling license plate database on US drivers, more than 550 million plates!
Capitalizing on one of the fastest-growing trends in law enforcement, a private California-based company has compiled a database bulging with more than 550 million license-plate records on both innocent and criminal drivers that can be searched by police.

The technology has raised alarms among civil libertarians, who say it threatens the privacy of drivers. It's also evidence that 21st-century technology may be evolving too quickly for the courts and public opinion to keep up. The U.S. Supreme Court is only now addressing whether investigators can secretly attach a GPS monitoring device to cars without a warrant.

A ruling in that case has yet to be handed down, but a telling exchange occurred during oral arguments. Chief Justice John Roberts asked lawyers for the government if even he and other members of the court could feasibly be tracked by GPS without a warrant. Yes, came the answer.

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But when a license plate is scanned, the driver's geographic location is also recorded and saved, along with the date and time, each of which amounts to a record or data point. Such data collection occurs regardless of whether the driver is a wanted criminal, and the vast majority are not.

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01/16/2012 10:38 AM
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You reckless, car-driving nitwits.
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This is illegal.

I am not sure but I believe seeing the detention bill says "the USA is a battle field now", war time laws apply now and for each his own. Anyone can do what ever it takes to survive.
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When you drive by "weight station" look for "camera equipment" over main road, or scanners over each line.

Atlanta have them to "catch" carpool cheaters.
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01/16/2012 10:57 AM
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Good find, Laura. It's frightening how our freedom is being whittled away a little bit every day. Right under our noses.
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01/16/2012 10:59 AM
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Every license plate is already registered to an individual. I don't see what the whining and crying is about.

Seems to me they just didn't want to link to the DMV database instead of doing it this way.
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered road vehicles in the US.
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered rode vehicles in the US.
 Quoting: Faith


I thought that number was high as well.

Not surprised, since there is no expectation of privacy on public roads,except, of course, within the inside of the vehicle.
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered rode vehicles in the US.
 Quoting: Faith


I thought that number was high as well.

Not surprised, since there is no expectation of privacy on public roads,except, of course, within the inside of the vehicle.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 8954307


road vehicles...LOL! Not quite sure what a "rode" vehicle is.
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ANPR, (automatic number plate readers), have been active in the UK for the last 10 years. You have nothing to worry about.

The pigs only catch drunk disqualified drivers or stop cars without registration documents etc.

Nothing to worry about if you are legal.

Plus if your car gets stolen the police can normaly track it down and get it stoped within a couple of hours. As soon as they drive it though an ANPR camera zone it gets flaged up to the local police, works great.

Car crime has dropped tremendously over the last ten years and is dropping year on year.

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Thanks for the info Laura.
oh noes I got caughted!
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We have had this opperational in the UK for a long time.
Its good unless your a terrorist or a criminal.
It helps keep uninsured drivers off the road and unroadworthy vehicles.
Also the plate recognition software incorporated into our system in the uk allows your vehicle to be automatically tracked.This also helps service personel in the execution of their duty.

As I opened with, unless your a law breaker you have nothing to worry about.
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Criminals be scared, because no one else really gives a shit...so they know what car I drive and where I live, with a GPS they can watch me go to the grocery store and to the movies...oooohh I'm frightened now!
With freedom comes responsibility.

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[link to news.bbc.co.uk]

How they work in UK.
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electronic leashes and eyes are on all of us ! If we go back to horses, no cell phones and barter we can win ! Lifes to fast now to get anyone to do that !
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Who elected John Roberts?
"The earth is mother of us all, for she is just; but you, because you are unjust have pretended that she is your mother alone; and if you do not stop, I will not permit you to remain upon her."

[link to www.livius.org]
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered road vehicles in the US.
 Quoting: Faith


It's Jay Leno's fault.

Roadhog.

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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered road vehicles in the US.
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Hmmm....gotta keep up with the neighbors,ya know. Almost every family has 2 cars now. Just a guess.
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered road vehicles in the US.
 Quoting: Faith


Hmmm....gotta keep up with the neighbors,ya know. Almost every family has 2 cars now. Just a guess.
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It is that, plus collectors, busses, commercial trucks, rent-a-cars, companies with fleets of vehicles, USPS, Fed-X, UPS, government vehicles of all types. It's a longer list than I can post here.

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So once all scanners are synced up, they'll be able to determine your average speed and ship out a speeding ticket in the mail. Cha-Ching!!
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It's okay, it's a PRIVATE company doing this.

Private, not the government, so there is NOTHING to worry about.

Move along, sheeple.

If is a privately owned company doing all this it isn't impacting your rights in any way. Even the Constitution says so. Only Big Government can violate your privacy or threaten your rights.
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Criminals be scared, because no one else really gives a shit...so they know what car I drive and where I live, with a GPS they can watch me go to the grocery store and to the movies...oooohh I'm frightened now!
 Quoting: BRIEF


Innocent people with names or other info similar to criminals might have to worry too.

Any database is only as good as the person entering in the info.

And who is usually responsible for data entry? Borderline retards, that's who.
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Criminals be scared, because no one else really gives a shit...so they know what car I drive and where I live, with a GPS they can watch me go to the grocery store and to the movies...oooohh I'm frightened now!
 Quoting: BRIEF


Innocent people with names or other info similar to criminals might have to worry too.

Any database is only as good as the person entering in the info.

And who is usually responsible for data entry? Borderline retards, that's who.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6210065


Luckily I have a last name that's impossible to mistake for another...I'd hate to be a Tom Smith or a Tim Baker though LOL
With freedom comes responsibility.

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Laura, what would we do without you? Good find!
I don't know where you get your delusions, laser brain.
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OK, so I'm a little off track here, but I'm finding it difficult to believe there are 550,000,000 registered road vehicles in the US.
 Quoting: Faith


Hmmm....gotta keep up with the neighbors,ya know. Almost every family has 2 cars now. Just a guess.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 3650237


Buy/sell a car change plates , goverment vehicles , tourists and depends upon the size of their starting data . At tens of millions of new/used car sales every year even 5 years would be a large amount of plates.

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