Editorial: Go slowly on automated license plate readers | July 3, 2013 | Almanac | Almanac Online |



Viewpoint - July 3, 2013

Editorial: Go slowly on automated license plate readers

In yet another sign of technology's ability to tail us wherever we go, the Menlo Park Police Department plans to buy up to three mobile automated license plate readers for officers to use while on patrol. The readers, used by East Palo Alto as well as the county and other local jurisdictions, run hundreds of plates a minute within a 360-degree arc. This would no doubt be a boon to investigations, but privacy rights advocates have raised important issues the council should work out before the readers hit the streets.

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