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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Police sued for secretly collecting data on your movements

Liberty is almost gone.

Privacy advocates sue police over license-plate scanner data
Big Brother is bi-partisan.  Both parties work together to make
sure you are watched 24 hours a day.

The Bill of Rights and the 4th Amendment have no meaning in the modern bi-partisan Big Brother Police State.

But a few people are still fighting back for freedom.  Privacy and civil liberties advocacy groups announced this week that they have sued Los Angeles law enforcement agencies over automatic license-plate reader records.

The devices, which also are in broad use around the Inland area, are typically mounted on patrol cars or utility poles and can read license plates on passing cars and record the time, date and location that a car’s plate was scanned.

The ACLU of Southern California and The Electronic Frontier Foundation jointly filed lawsuits Monday against the Democrat run Los Angeles Police Department and the GOP run Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, accusing them of withholding data in violation of the California Public Records Act reports the Press-Enterprise.

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From Science Fiction to Reality: the Government is employing both Pre-Crime technology and new, frightening surveillance technologies. These are just a portion of such technologies: Pre-Crime spotlights to bathe people in red light, F.A.S.T., Streetlights to monitor your every move and record your conversations, License Plate Scanners, Bugs and Tracking/Listening Devices being put into everyday appliances, Miniature Drones, Cockroaches and other insects with Listening Devices, X-ray vans to see inside your house or vehicle, and new lasers that can detect every molecule inside or on your body, and even Taser Bracelets for airplanes. Unfortunately, all of these devices actually exist. Some of these devices have not yet been employed, but make no mistake, they are coming.

The ACLU and EFF have criticized law enforcement agencies for hoarding data gathered by the license-plate readers, also known as ALPRs, which they say invades the privacy of law-abiding citizens.

“While police can match license plates against databases to find stolen or wanted cars, the systems keep information on every car — even where there’s no reason to think the car is connected to any crime,” an ACLU news release said.

The ACLU said they had sought documents relating to policy and training on the use of the license-plate scanners, as well as a week’s worth of data collected by the agencies in 2012. The departments produced some materials but did not provide documents related to sharing information with other agencies, the release said. Neither agency provided data collected during the one-week period.

Inland law enforcement agencies also are using the license-plate readers to amass large databases of information. As of May 2012, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department had more than 40 of the devices mounted on patrol cars across the county and had stored up more than 6.1 million “reads” dating back to 2007, sheriff’s officials said.

“Police can and should treat location information from ALPRs like other sensitive information — they should retain it no longer than necessary to determine if it might be relevant to a crime, and should get a warrant to keep it any longer,” said ACLU Senior Staff Attorney Peter Bibring in the release. “They should limit who can access it, who they can share it with and create an oversight system to make sure the limits are followed.”

“Location-based information like license plate data can be very revealing,” said EFF Staff Attorney Jennifer Lynch in the release. “By matching your car to a particular time, date and location, and then building a database of that information over time, law enforcement can learn where you work and live, what doctor you go to, which religious services you attend, and who your friends are. The public needs access to the data the police actually collected to be able to make informed decisions about how ALPR systems can and can’t be used.”

“Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else. Not in the individual mind, which can make mistakes, and in any case soon perishes: only in the mind of the Party, which is collective and immortal.”
George Orwell, 1984

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