Did you know that our nation’s capital has the densest network of license plate data-tracking technology? Me neither. But after a Washington Post article about the network, privacy advocates are up in arms about it.
Automatic license place readers are traditionally used to catch criminal. But with a three-year database of license plate locations, D.C. police can track residents all the time, no matter where they go.
The system is made up of 250 cameras throughout D.C. and its suburbs. Police are able to capture 1,800 images a minute and store that visual data in a huge database. It’s the database that has people worried: What are police doing with that information? What if an outside party gained access?
Following the article, the ACLU is taking a look at D.C.’s license plate tracking capabilities. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this case soon.