Collecting license plate data does little for law enforcement

Via TechCrunch

An audit of four law enforcement agencies in California has found that the use of ALPRs (Automated License Plate Readers) to collect data has been done with little benefit to law enforcement and instead created risk for the data in question.

The audit found that over 99% of the license plate data collected wasn’t requested by law enforcement at the time of collection in one agency, the data was shared with hundreds of other agencies without a legal reason, there was no privacy policy in place, and that the data was stored with third-party cloud vendor without any protection in the contract.

This amounts to a lot of data collected, shared and stored with little regard to security or privacy, and for almost no reason, putting those whose data has been taken at risk.

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