ACLU talking about license plate tracking again

This pie chart represents Maryland’s statistics on their license plate spying. As posted at motherjones.com, “For every million license plates read, only 47 were even tentatively associated with actual serious crimes”

MD license plate data

Forty-seven out of a million? At what expense?

According to the article:

….More and more cameras, longer retention periods, and widespread sharing allow law enforcement agents to assemble the individual puzzle pieces of where we have been over time into a single, high-resolution image of our lives. The knowledge that one is subject to constant monitoring can chill the exercise of our cherished rights to free speech and association. Databases of license plate reader information create opportunities for institutional abuse, such as using them to identify protest attendees merely because these individuals have exercised their First Amendment-protected right to free speech. If not properly secured, license plate reader databases open the door to abusive tracking, enabling anyone with access to pry into the lives of his boss, his ex-wife, or his romantic, political, or workplace rivals.

…Do we seriously think that if we shrug our shoulders at this, that it won’t someday be abused on a massive scale?

Isn’t that a good question?

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