The police department in El Cajon, California has turned up license plate cameras, and started sharing their data with other states, which is against California law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is chasing after this invasion of privacy, noting that the data collection is intrusive. 12 million scans resulted in 3000 alerts… or a .025 percent return on investment. Then this data was shared, and presumably stored away somewhere. I’m with the EFF on this, we aren’t being protected, and this lays up potential for massive abuse in the not so distant future.

The day the El Cajon Police Department turned on dozens of cameras that scan the license plates of passing vehicles, the new system started getting hits.

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