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Science & Tech  (tags: Automatic License plate readers, ACLU, tracking, car, vehicles, police, abuse, permanent records, surveillance technology )

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A little noticed surveillance technology, designed to track the movements of every passing driver, is fast proliferating on America's streets. Automatic license plate readers create permanent records of virtually everywhere any of us has driven.

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Roxie H (350)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:55 pm
Both of these articles, point on, Ty! commenting on next on

Christeen A (368)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 4:02 pm
Yes you are as are all of us. Thank you.

JL A (281)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 6:50 pm
Illuminates one benefit many rural residents have over urban/suburban residents.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:34 pm

We maybe, but honestly what can we do about any of this? I will support those Senators who will fight for us,

Edith B (146)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:10 pm
No wonder I am becoming paranoid!

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:25 pm
We certainly need to do that. Now if we can get the people to wake up and realize which of those Senators ARE fighting for us and vote for them, instead of the ones' slicing our throats.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:32 pm
This article IS right on point. Thank you for posting this Sheryl.
Noted & Shared.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:35 pm
/I have no doubt that they know every move we make, especially since 9 /11

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 8:48 pm
And has been for some time!

Jonathan Harper (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 4:30 am

lee e (114)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:15 am
In NYC we have a 24 hr surveillance TV program - although not easy to decipher plate numbers et al - one can spend endless hrs amusing oneself spying on the various neighborhoods that have cameras for everyone's view - one of my friends did a "pole dance" (fully dressed) at one of these locations - notifying us on phone to tune in - very funny - but at the same time it's been going on for years!

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:14 am
TY Dandelion. I was aware this was happening here in CA. but had no idea it was already so widespread. I for one wonder where the so called deleted files went, are they scanned and stored? I agree that this is an outrage and also agree with Kit's point. We are loosing our Civil Rights daily...far more than people are even aware of! It boggles the mind. At least mine!

Peggy A (0)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:29 am

Devon Leonar (54)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 12:16 pm
Thanks Dandelion for posting.... I like your idea of waking up more people to the Senators and others who 'are' fighting for our rights.... It's just around the corner..Election time!!!!
The extremists are doing their best to restrict any good that has been gained. With all the uproar and confusion and the massive amounts of money spent to gobble up our freedoms there needs to be a powerful consistent movement to restore the rights that are slipping away like an animal on the endangered species list............
Occupy Nov 5th will launch many educational informational formats to people all over the country.... This is what I hope. And will be an initiating wake up call that ripples outward to many many many more.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 2:29 pm
Indeed November on link below to learn more.
Relight The Flame of Protest and Educate the Masses

Evelyn Z (300)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:34 pm
Do NOT stick your tongue out = JUST SMILE PRETTY & WAVE!!

Yvonne White (229)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 3:47 pm
So far, this seems the Least invasive privacy issue...but I don't get out much !;)

marie C (163)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:23 pm
From the time I leave my house in St Johns Wood and walk to Oxford Circus 300 photographs have been taken of me or should I say I pass 300 camera They were put in because of the terrorism threats who knows
I remember my mother talking about Big Brother well he is here

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:33 pm

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 5:56 pm
So many of these camera's were put in to under the guise of keeping us safe. Well I'd go back to before camera's in a heartbeat. You make a good point Mitchell, please do support the ACLU.

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:00 pm
So glad I walk...until they require pedestrian plates. Read and noted. Thank you.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 8:39 pm
Better question,, do you have an FBI file?
You might be surprised to learn how many of us do :(
You are guilty of association these days

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 10:10 pm
TY.... I am aware of this and will be sgaring this article.

I appreciate the post.

Sherri G (128)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 2:38 am
I live within about 15 miles from Milpitas CA and I write to my state Senators and I support the ACLU. But i put most of my effort into fighting against fracking which will make all of us pay $10/gallon of water all too soon if we can get clean water at all. If not then we are stupid and we will die. TY Dandelion for posting Noted.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 3:11 am
Thanks sheryl.

Judy C (97)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 3:25 am
I guess I can be grateful I don't have a vehicle, or the other excellent tracking device, the cell phone. This is serious, though. Fear has made this country go crazy, it seems. Thanks, Dandelion.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 4:30 am
If I drive in the States I will remember this but for now the only ones tracking me are the bears on the rural roads and that Tornado Warning coming that a funnel cloud? I can only hope when I am storm chasing in remote areas. I suppose I can escape from technology and hide in the caves but even there...the bats have radar.

. (0)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 10:56 am
Not only is Big Brother watching. Soon he will sharing our beds

Terry V (30)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 12:38 pm


Eve of Destruction

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 4:03 pm
Thanks for posting this info, Dandelion. Everyone needs to know this. One really unfortunate thing is that so many TV shows & movies show the police & FBI using this to track criminals---this gives the viewers a false sense of security and makes them happy with the outcome.
I'm here to say that this "tracking" should be compared with the Banksters & Wall St. greedy thieves who have stolen billions (possibly trillions) from the populace, yet aren't being prosecuted for their crimes. Yeah, it's perfectly fine for the DEA to use SOD to stop and arrest someone with a small amount of drugs....but let the Wall St. criminal banksters get away with all their dirty gambling & cocaine. Boggles the mind!
Gee, maybe the guys in the tinfoil hats are on to something!

Sheryl G (363)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 4:22 pm
Corporate media plays right into conditioning us to accept that which we would not really want to accept if we were to think more deeply upon it. Not only was violent crime going down but as it was going down our prison numbers were growing.

I look for things to do with my granddaughter and I bring her to the free movies that the library offers. It is a nice thing that the public library offers, but then I began to notice that the original Lorax was being played the same week the newest Lorax was being advertised on TV and was in the stores. Same thing with Despicable Me within a few days the big advertising campaign was on for Despicable Me 2. Foolish me for thinking that the Librarian was selecting what they thought might be a good movie to show their community that week.

So our public libraries are in sync with the Corporate media and being told if you are showing a "free" movie it is to be this "free" movie this week, gearing the children's minds onto the characters so when they see it on TV and they had just enjoyed it at the library, they push the adults to please buy this for me. We are either on track to where they are leading us or they are tracking us, in the final sense of the word we are being played.

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Thursday August 8, 2013, 7:43 pm
We all are being tracked so an obvious yes to the question.
I will look for a video was was going to add to my sharebook but delayed due to some surgery. I took the position that people had to write and sign petitions, vote, and protest as means of change. But the video I will post as soon as I find it, lot of catching up to do, made me rethink or qualify my stance. Petitions are ignored, elections rigged, and shadow government does not care what people say in protest. Look at the Occupy movement and how police brutally shut down the voices and corporate media hog washed the story.
I still support the above actions as tools but the real fight is stop paying this false government. Once people are informed the action would be for all people to stop paying taxes. When they get hit in the wallet they will not have the funds to enslave us. Want change? Freedom is not free, it has to be fought for!

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday August 9, 2013, 10:49 am
I live in MN and this has been a hot button issue for a while. The story has it right though, data isn't retained more than 48 hours and not all jurisdictions use the system. In Minneapolis, originally, it was photo cop, pictures taken of cars entering intersections illegally either on yellow or red lights. Tickets were mailed to the vehicle's registered owner - that was eventually thrown out in Court because it was not able to be proved that the registered owner was driving. Since then, it has backed down to what the report indicates. They take pictures but don't retain them. That does make me wonder though about some of the other data I read in that report - the amount of storage space to store records indefinitely would be huge and far too expensive for all jurisdictions to do all of the time, not even the feds have that kind of money. Are there potentially abusive situations here? Yes, but those can be, and are, contested in court, often with the help of the ACLU. Is it overreach to retain all those pictures indefinitely or even for 5 years? Absolutely. Amassing data on private citizens accused of no crime is the sign of a police state, something you'd expect in Russia say, or Nazi Germany.

I think legislators who approve such things, and our courts, should keep that in mind. Not to mention the fact that some of what was suggested there is already illegal. For instance, accessing and using information from our Department of Public Safety's Drivers License database is only permitted to certain agencies under law now. One of those, of course, is police departments. Our DPS is required to tell a citizen if they ask if their record has been viewed - who, when. And that has cause a number of lawsuits with settlements already in the millions of dollars. One example was a former Mpls police officer, an attractive woman as I understand it, who quit and moved to a suburb, there were cops all over the state telling each other she had a new hair style and then taking a look at her drivers license record with no permissible reason. She sued and hit the jackpot. That made other people suspicious and it turns out with good reason, so DPS has audited searches and informed private citizens of unauthorized viewings and some highly placed employees have been fired for this invasion of privacy. And more will be. Vigilance is the price of freedom and always has been.

I don't see why this issue doesn't fall under the same criteria. Building up databases of where people go and what they do isn't a permissible activity unless there are actual grounds for suspicion, anything else is an invasion of privacy and should be contested vigorously by those whose privacy is unlawfully invaded. We can be free AND safe, the two conditions are not mutually exclusive. A few more abuses like this and the NSA stuff will eventually have a rebound affect, I hope, and make us both freer and safer.

Sue L (63)
Friday August 9, 2013, 1:25 pm
It's great to have this information to help apprehend criminals but it should definitely not be kept for long and there should be very limited access to the info. Every day it seems like Big Brother is watching, listening to, reading our emails more and more. It IS scary to think about.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday August 9, 2013, 8:41 pm
Thank you for the worrisome news.

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday August 9, 2013, 10:17 pm
Guilty by association? HA! they are coming for me then
Im Sicilian to
bastards need to get a life and stay out of ours!
those who laughed at my conspiracy theories cant laugh anymore
now we have to walk around with blank looks on our faces like in eye contact with that person or your SNATCHED

P A (117)
Friday August 16, 2013, 1:43 am
Thanks Dandelion - so many repeats of stars I want to give to people!

. (0)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 11:50 am
I for one do not mind all the cameras out and about. When I lived in the UK we were used to being on camera in London 24/7. They came out during the IRA bombing campaign in the 70s and the program has exploded since then. There are good and bad reasons why they either should and shouldn't be permitted. We no longer live in a Norman Rockwell safe world where we can leave the door unlocked when we are in the garden, unlocked cars in driveways are looted in seconds and our children have to be watched 24/7.
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