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Society & Culture  (tags: abuse, americans, crime, culture, ethics )

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License-plate readers that scan passing cars and instantly match them to criminal databases have moved quickly from sci-fi concept to daily reality.

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Brad H (21)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:49 am

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:02 am
Earlier this week, Vigilant Solutions released a poll of California residents it had commissioned backing its efforts to stop a bill in the state legislature which would limit license-plate readers. Company founder and chief executive Shawn Smith called the technology "a critical tool that has helped law enforcement solve thousands of violent crimes and enabled insurance and financial services companies to repossess stolen and delinquent vehicles."

Most law enforcement agenices would agree. Most police departments have automatic plate readers mounted on patrol vehicles, while many used fixed versions that look like speed cameras which can record and read thousands of plates a minute. Earlier this month, Kansas City police arrested a man suspected of shooting at some 13 vehicles on local freeways, with several injuries but no deaths. The big break in the case came in part from license-plate reader data; after a woman reported the license plate of a mysterious car, police were able to establish the suspect's home, movements and see where his car had been in the past.

Kit B (276)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:06 am

Some one is always willing to make a buck, no matter who it hurts. If we want our privacy that means to an extent, even the bad guys have some privacy.

Jonathan Smithsonian (3)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:18 am

Sue H (7)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:01 am

Christeen A (368)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:15 am
I find this to be quite disturbing.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:18 am
“Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security”
Benjamin Franklin American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer, Inventor 1706-1790

We can keep ourselves so safe that we can't breath or move. Why not instead fix the ills of society which will at that point bring an awareness, kindness, and a more compassionate society. We then won't need so many of these gadgets, camera's, guns, and laws to make ourselves safe.

Deb E (63)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:53 am
The ills of society are called corporate conglomerates. If we can't pay for enough police on the street to combat crime because these fat cats won't pay taxes to this country, we have to have some way to combat crime. There will always be those who will take advantage of others. There will always be societal misfits. Always. In the wild, they are either killed or shunned from all contact with the society. There just seems to be more now because corporations are making being alive very difficult for people on this earth. Get rid of the fat cats and we can all go back to trying to be decent human beings who take care of each other instead of greedy, money hungry individuals who are living in a dog eat dog scenario.

That said, if you aren't doing anything wrong, why worry about your license plate being photographed? We are all on the internet, and everything we type here is being kept in a database somewhere. Everything we type here can be found in a search on google if you use the right search terms. In areas of Germany, they take pictures all the time of passing cars. They use them to mail out tickets to people and collect fines for speeding. Costs less than hiring a ton of police to watch the roads.

Tomoko Harris (83)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:54 pm

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 2:16 pm
They want fodder for their private prison system scheme. It's all about the money, not privacy, not justice, not who it will help or always comes down to the money...and oppression.

Julie C (29)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:01 pm
Thanks for the heads up. Not a fan at all.

marie C (163)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:50 pm
My daughter just had her car stolen
No camera no witness"s police could not do anything
THREE YEAR OLD CAR we received one third of value
Can not see what good these people do because the first thing the theif does
is change the plates Will they be able to check false plates

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 4:51 pm
I agree with Terrie Williams comment! Thanks Phyllis for posting!

Pat B (356)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:32 pm
I don't really like this at all. All great comments above, I mirror their concerns, and thoughts too.! Thank you, Phyllis for this.

Nancy C (806)
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:44 pm
I agree with all comments but I'm sure we know that machines/money/corporate power will only get worse before the system bursts or implodes. I just had a flash of Bladerunner...uyuhyuh. I still have hope that we the people can turn things around.

desanka s (416)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:05 am
We live in sci-fi Big brother world! Thank you Phyllis.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:18 am
Develop obfuscating plates..techno chango..huh..really..outrageous agendas flourish and lawns are chewed short by the sheep..their aloofness from the fray is their mortal mistake.:0)

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:37 am
Thank you

PlsNoMessage s (588)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:52 am
Not surprized but it IS disturbing...........

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:52 am
Nothing new for us living in Europe.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 4:15 am
I kind of wonder when I lived in London how they processed all that information, and realized they need an effect (time and location) in order to actually do anything. Perhaps we want more camera to create overload hear as well.

Rhonda B (106)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 5:26 am
Disturbing! Thank you Phyllis.

. (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 5:48 am

Barry AWAY T (933)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 9:26 am
It is 1984 - George Orwell was right, just off by a few years.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:04 pm
I think it's scary. More and more privacy being taken away by the moment. Thanks Phyllis.

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:08 pm
Deb E - If you believe that innocence is enough to keep you out of the hands of the authorities, you are wrong. Sorry. I agree with several commenters but mostly with Kit B today.

Mandi T (375)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:10 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 3:34 pm
Noted. Thanks, Phyllis. I agree that this is an infringement of our privacy and gives too much authoritarian power. Criminals will find ways to hide their tracks, as many have stated above. There will always be those couple of cases advertised by the media where the system "caught the bad guys." But, the temptation is just too great for bored workers to do their own "investigating" and perhaps even sell this info to someone with bad intentions. The tables will turn only when info is turned over about a politician or wealthy 1%-er who is "caught in the act." (Then, they will work to change the system....probably just to protect themselves).

Hartson Doak (39)
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:22 pm
Hawaii tried a bit of the police state. The police officers were not enforcing the speed limit. Many areas are under posted and they know it. So, the State hired a California company to sit in vans and issue speeding tickets. There was ZERO tolerance. The number of speeding tickets soared. There were so many people in court protesting the tickets the judiciary came to a halt. The State backed off when people started to threaten to vote them out of office. The contract was cancelled and the company was paid millions of $ to go home.

Jamie C (282)
Monday May 5, 2014, 11:13 am
Police state 1984

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday May 5, 2014, 3:14 pm

Beth M (138)
Tuesday October 13, 2015, 6:54 pm
Big brother is always watching.
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