License plate datamining may be the next privacy battle for courts

In what privacy advocates hailed as a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police must obtain a warrant to search cell phones belongin


Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) systems are the newrage in law enforcement worldwide. Cameras – affixed to a police car or static locations like light poles, or under bridges – capture thousands of license plates per minute, storing information in databases, recording not only the license plate number, but also the GPS location where each car was "pinged." Tens of millions of federal grant dollars have been doled out to police agencies nationwide for ALPR procurement, setting the groundwork for an expansive, nationwide motor vehicle tracking system.

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