Tracking license plates, invading privacy

  • Article by: DALE McFEATTERS , Scripps Howard News Service
  • Updated: October 7, 2012 - 6:59 PM

A car says a lot about its owner, perhaps a lot more than the owner might suspect.

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totaltruthOct. 7, 1210:44 PM

Folks with nothing to hide... do not mind...

Folks with something to hide... do mind...

Just wonder what this author is trying to hide....

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standstoreasonOct. 8, 12 4:27 AM

Everyone has "something to hide." It's one of the reasons we wear clothing. And in Minnesota the police get to hide from their own technology because every marked police car in the state has the same license plate. What are they hiding?

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kieronOct. 8, 12 6:21 AM

@totaltruth: I have nothing to hide, and I do mind because a surveillance state can cost you your freedom in subtle ways.

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arielbenderOct. 8, 12 6:56 AM

totaltruthOct. 7, 1210:44 PM Folks with nothing to hide... do not mind... Folks with something to hide... do mind... Just wonder what this author is trying to hide.... ____________________I love the fact that the people who claim to be the most freedom loving patriots are the first to volunteer to give it up.

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gking2mnOct. 8, 12 7:03 AM

Will become a supreme court issue. Remember the late news about our stellar police departments going online to the DVM and following their previous peer which is a invasion of privacy. So @totaltruth you don't think abuse won't happen?

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northhillOct. 8, 12 7:55 AM

In theory,when you purchase your car license,this will give you the right to operate your vehicle on any public street at any time day or night.There is the issue of privacy and the ability of law enforcement to preform their job.Government is slowly becoming more intrusive.Totaltruth,when you are stopped by a cop at 3AM and you haven't committed a traffic violation; you do have concerns even if you have nothing to hide.

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owatonnabillOct. 8, 12 8:48 AM

I agree with gking2mn. This is a violation of the 4th Amendment if anything is. But the really scary thing is that, as concerned as we are (or should be) about the stuff we know about government encroachment into our private lives, we should be far more concerned about the stuff we don't. I have this nagging worry that this type of thing is just the very small tip of a very large iceberg.

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jpodtogoOct. 8, 12 8:59 AM

1984 has come and gone, and Big Brother is here to stay -- and in a big way. So, you will not be able to go anywhere without being watched by our government.

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gandalf48Oct. 8, 1210:09 AM

northhill - [Totaltruth,when you are stopped by a cop at 3AM and you haven't committed a traffic violation; you do have concerns even if you have nothing to hide.] *** Very true, I've been in that situation...cops make up reasons or create dangerous situations in order to pull you over at 3 am. You can't blindly trust all cops as 100% good and you have to realize some of them might abuse their power...although most of them are generally good. BTW, I watched a cop fly up behind my girlfriend's car at 3 am...she was going the speed limit until we thought there was a drunk driver about to slam into us on an icy road at 3 am. We kept wondering why the car wasn't going into the left lane since it was travelling around 80 mph (with a 55 mph speed limit). She simply sped up to about 60 mph and went into the left lane hoping the guy would zoom past us...that's when the cop turned on his sirens and lights...he then said he pulled her over for going 5 mph over the speed limit. The cop then said it was too cold to do a field sobriety test (it was about -20 degrees outside) and just asked my girlfriend to submit to a breathalyzer...she blew a 0.000. He then continued to write up a ticket for her and sent us on our way, no apology for speeding up on us or for wrongly accusing my girlfriend of driving drunk (with no evidence what-so-ever). There are bad cops out there and with a system in place that violates our privacy eventually a cop will abuse that system.

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kindaliberalOct. 8, 1210:51 AM

Another good argument for public transportation.

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