LPR’s Violate Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act

Last week a Virginia Circuit Court ruled that law enforcement can no longer scan everyday citizen’s license plates and record then store them in a database unless they are related to an ongoing and specific investigation. Pro bono lawyers represented the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) lawsuit which pushed for this legislation that argued this violated the state’s Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act. LPR cameras are mounted on police vehicles, tow trucks, overpasses, garages and some other roadway areas that can take a license plate photo, read the text and store the location, time and date. With enough date points its easy for law enforcement or repo companies to pinpoint your location, your habits, and where you will likely be. With only a handful of states having active regulations on rules that govern LPRs it’s easy for the state to collect data and track everyone at all times. Whether or not they are actively collecting data on every citizen doesn’t change the fact that they have the ability to do so.

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