City cameras track anyone, even Minneapolis Mayor Rybak

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 17, 2012 - 1:13 PM

Legislators join in calling for rules on license plate scans.

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koogleheimerAug. 16, 12 9:30 PM

Maybe the data can tell us wherr RT went to cut the dirty backdoor deals to ram that Vikings stadium deal down the throats of MPLS taxpayers.

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venger00Aug. 16, 12 9:35 PM

If you are not breaking the law why be worried?

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ernestwarrelAug. 16, 12 9:43 PM

Any word on whether this system is related to the Trapwire program exposed in the StratFor emails released by Wikileaks? Trapwire is a program that uses character (facial, alpha numerical) recognition to track individuals as part of an anti-terror pre-crime surveillance system for DHS created by the defense firm Abraxas. Apparently it's connected to all major city camera systems and sold as a subscription to police agencies. All the Data is funneled back through NSA and DHS servers, analyzed and sorted and stored indefinitely. While our police may only be paying for license plate recognition, the total information gathered is being sent out to be analyzed and used elsewhere as well. Creepy, huh?

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doots799Aug. 16, 12 9:56 PM

Big Brother is getting a little too big. Between this and the increasing use of domestic drones, the way we are headed is way too scary.

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dognabit12Aug. 16, 1210:00 PM

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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amberlampsAug. 16, 1210:39 PM

venger00, American should NEVER think like that. I'm sure they say the same thing in North Korea. This is free country, genius. Protect your rights or it won't be anymore.

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mankato58Aug. 16, 1210:53 PM

The end justifies the means. Is that what our Founding Fathers intended this nation to become?

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eviltwinAug. 16, 1210:55 PM

"If you are not breaking the law why be worried?" - venger00, have you ever had a dangerous ex threaten to shoot you? Ever had them show up at your child's school play, despite a court order to stay away... so that the school had to set up special security? No? Lucky you. I haven't broken any laws, but I have plenty of reason to be worried that someone can request info about where I park my car at night, what route I take to work, etc. And you, or anyone else, are just as vulnerable, should some unbalanced person decide to put you in their crosshairs through no fault of your own.

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davepenAug. 16, 1211:34 PM

You can bet this got R.T's attention--a door is ajar.

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ekholmAug. 16, 1211:43 PM

The police state the data is retained for 1 year "to ensure we can comply with requests for public data". So - if they mark the data private; I guess they dont need to keep it for a year any longer.

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