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Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:17 AM

ACLU: Digital Dragnet Ensnares Millions of Innocent Drivers

Source: NBC News

ACLU: Digital dragnet ensnares millions of innocent drivers

Bob Sullivan, Columnist, NBC News
13 minutes ago

Drive down many highways, boulevards or small side streets in America, and your movements are being noted by electronic cameras. Eyes in the sky controlled by local police departments snap photos of every passing license plate and store the data, sometimes forever. Even the smallest of agencies now deploys these high-tech voyeuristic machines, creating massive databases where more than 99 percent of the entries represent innocent people.

All, warned the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday, for a one-in-a-million chance that the cameras might aid in the apprehension of a serious criminal.


"Plate readers are the most pervasive system of location tracking that people haven't heard of," said Catherine Crump, a privacy lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union. She wrote the ACLU report released Wednesday questioning the way such cameras are being used. "Even though virtually all of us have had our cars logged into these databases, few know this technology exists."

Plate-reading cameras differ from speed cameras, red light cameras, or even parking enforcement cameras, which are designed to catch violators and criminals. Plate readers simply capture every car that goes by in a digital dragnet, then check the plate number against “hit lists” of cars associated with criminal activity.

The ACLU does not object to the use of so-called LPR (License Plate Reader) technologies, Crump said. Checking license plates can be an effective way to spot a stolen car or a fugitive. She objects to the long-term retention of that data, and what she argues is an out-of-whack balancing act between civil liberties and investigative tools.

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/aclu-digital-dragnet-ensnares-millions-innocent-drivers-6C10654018

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Reply ACLU: Digital Dragnet Ensnares Millions of Innocent Drivers (Original post)
Hissyspit Jul 2013 OP
dixiegrrrrl Jul 2013 #1
hobbit709 Jul 2013 #2
BehindTheCurtain76 Jul 2013 #21
Laelth Jul 2013 #3
niyad Jul 2013 #4
midnight Jul 2013 #5
KoKo Jul 2013 #7
Gormy Cuss Jul 2013 #8
midnight Jul 2013 #17
90-percent Jul 2013 #12
midnight Jul 2013 #18
Fantastic Anarchist Jul 2013 #6
Mr.CT Jul 2013 #10
WillyT Jul 2013 #9
nolabels Jul 2013 #11
RoccoR5955 Jul 2013 #13
Link Speed Jul 2013 #14
yesphan Jul 2013 #15
SoapBox Jul 2013 #16
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Hissyspit Jul 2013 #20
proverbialwisdom Jul 2013 #19
Hestia Jul 2013 #22

Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:21 AM

1. ACLU is wrong about one thing in this story

All, warned the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday, for a one-in-a-million chance that the cameras might aid in the apprehension of a serious criminal.


No...that is not the reason.
That is the excuse.
The REASON is another step in the insatiable need to spy on people in this country.
It is about fear and control.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:29 AM

2. Exactly!

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 04:47 PM

21. FEDS

 

The feds are funding this...thanks Obama, leader of Oceania.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:35 AM

3. k&r for exposure. n/t

-Laelth

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:45 AM

4. k and r

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 09:58 AM

5. All for the one in a million chance that this might aid in a crime? Why do I not believe the safety

folks on this? Here is why I'm skeptical... Because if safety was as important as being marketed by HLS... We would have free health care. No homelessness, and a job for all who needed one. But we don't so I think it's for another profit scheme.... Much like race to the top, blah blah blah....

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Response to midnight (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 10:30 AM

7. It makes money for the Security Industry....and creates jobs. (they would say)

I heard some commentator on Bloomberg Business say that the future for investing is Robotics and Security. That's what American Investors, Hedge Funds, Pension Funds have left to make money. Sad that....I think.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:06 AM

8. Follow the money...

This sounds EXACTLY why they're so pervasive --- less to do with security than it has to do with profit, just like those damn full body scanners at the airports.

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Response to KoKo (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 01:27 PM

17. Right.... but so would hemp... So why not grow it liberally and sell it liberally?

Me thinks they just have something else going on....

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Response to midnight (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:32 AM

12. Also

We would have modern Manhattan Project sized research into cancer, heart disease, lower respiratory disease, stroke and other diseases that kill American's by the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS every year.

The Surveillance State by this reasoning is for an entirely different purpose that is unclear other than speculation that America is currently a Totalitarian Fascist Police State. The infrastructure has certainly been put in place to achieve such an end.

-90% Jimmy

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Response to 90-percent (Reply #12)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 01:38 PM

18. Wouldn't that be something.... We certainly have the brains and the money to make huge impacts in

our delivery of healing health care....

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 10:28 AM

6. I've always had a problem with this surveillance apparatus on city streets and highways.

But that horse left the barn a long time ago.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:20 AM

10. I agree 100%

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:15 AM

9. K & R !!!

 


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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:30 AM

11. Information at naseum does make for safe

It's called intent and goodwill most of which doesn't seem to be on the plus side when it comes to law enforcement

Do not talk to the Police
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1017132340

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:38 AM

13. Shooting the cameras with a paint gun

 

actually keeps us safer.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:41 AM

14. Atlanta has a "No Cruising" ordinance

 

I have been in Atlanta for a couple of weeks and they have signs in parts of downtown that warn that if the cameras catch you driving past twice within an hour, you will receive a citation.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:50 AM

15. Lets not forget that smart phones can be and are tracked.

Tracked in real time. Your location, how fast you moved from one location to the next, etc.

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 12:54 PM

16. LOL!

Where are the Hair-On-Fire-NSA types about this??????

crickets

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #16)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 04:34 PM

20. ?

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Response to Hissyspit (Original post)

Wed Jul 17, 2013, 04:48 PM

22. A law came out here in Ark. that data cannot be captured for more than one month

and we sure as hell can go crusin'.

What is going on with this country?

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