Skip to comments.New Tracking Frontier: Your License Plates
Posted on 09/29/2012 9:56:28 AM PDT by Theoria
For more than two years, the police in San Leandro, Calif., photographed Mike Katz-Lacabe's Toyota Tercel almost weekly. They have shots of it cruising along Estudillo Avenue near the library, parked at his friend's house and near a coffee shop he likes. In one case, they snapped a photo of him and his two daughters getting out of a car in his driveway.
Mr. Katz-Lacabe isn't charged with, or suspected of, any crime. Local police are tracking his vehicle automatically, using cameras mounted on a patrol car that record every nearby vehiclelicense plate, time and location.
"Why are they keeping all this data?" says Mr. Katz-Lacabe, who obtained the photos of his car through a public-records request. "I've done nothing wrong."
Until recently it was far too expensive for police to track the locations of innocent people such as Mr. Katz-Lacabe. But as surveillance technologies decline in cost and grow in sophistication, police are rapidly adopting them. Private companies are joining, too. At least two start-up companies, both founded by "repo men"specialists in repossessing cars or property from deadbeatsare currently deploying camera-equipped cars nationwide to photograph people's license plates, hoping to profit from the data they collect.
The rise of license-plate tracking is a case study in how storing and studying people's everyday activities, even the seemingly mundane, has become the default rather than the exception. Cellphone-location data, online searches, credit-card purchases, social-network comments and more are gathered, mixed-and-matched, and stored in vast databases.
Data about a typical American is collected in more than 20 different ways during everyday activities, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
The Wall Street Journal is conducting a long-running investigation into the transformation of personal privacy in America.
You don't get used to it. On the other hand, when you go missing they'll tell your family that you really are missing.
Eventually I think the public will come to their senses and realize it's not the local letter carrier robbing them but their Congress-critters!
No worries comrade. Soon Gov’t will be invited into our cars via gps tracking and data collection. Do not fret, I’m sure they will employ various means of turning off your car if it is stolen. After all, it is in your best interest.
Luckily I’m not a paranoid person, or I’d believe this article.
Thus, as I have said over and over, only the foolish post any information on Facebook.
Keep your internet footprint as small as humanly possible.
Yet nobody can find the millions of illegals, for instance. The eye is all seeing, but only for what it wants to see.
I wonder what would happen if somebody started tracking cop cars?
You would end up at a lot of crime scenes.....
I’m glad to have shunned social networking in general. It is a huge, narcissistic-driven time suck. I wish there were more hours in the day for my many productive pursuits, forget about telling the world how my vacation was.
I'm not surprised by any of this -- but it's only going to catch dumb people. Smart ones will think their way around it.
Police surveillance systems are more likely to be installed in urban -- typically liberal Democrat -- cities than in suburban and rural areas. It's just not practical given the area they need to cover.
the IR's should blind the camera but cannot be observed by the eye
Only problem with taking the ticket..
There is a camera pointed at your plate in the cash lane too.
They know. Pass or cash that you where there.
That would probably be illegal. When I was young and stupid and driving the tow truck it was a towing offense if there was anything that obscured any part of the plate -- even a frame that covered the edges.
And doughnut shops.
Why would that work since the camera is not using a night vision IR setting?
Is illegal in NJ
Know of several people pulled over for having license
plates covered in plastic film
Also is spray which can apply to deflect the laser bean used
to scan the plate
Recently, the Obama administration announded a multi-billion program called LPR—License Plate Recognition.
EVERY license place would eventually be photographed on streets & roads in the USA.
They claimed their computers could process 30,000 plates per second.
I say it is a direct violtion of the 4th Amendment.
Digital camera chips (both CMOS and CCD) are very sensitive to IR. Depending on whether the manufacturer used an IR filter it would be like having a very bright light surrounding your license plate.
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