Cops move to protect license plate data

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 4, 2012 - 4:04 PM

Minneapolis police are working to create policies that tighten and track access.

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railguardianNov. 4, 1212:13 AM

I think it's great that an arm of the government can do all these fancy new things regarding MN license plates, yet it takes 1 1/2 month or more to get your driver's license renewal in the mail. Oh, did I say I'm still waiting for my license tabs in the mail? DMV cashed my personal check on Oct.15th, yet as of 11/3 I'm still waiting! Go get 'em tigers!

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dragon2000Nov. 4, 12 1:46 AM

Citizens should consider how this can be used against (and for) their CONSTITUTIONAL Fourth Amendment Rights against Unlawful Search. (search everything - EVERYTHING!!! {underwear, crotch, cavity search, etc.}) Yes, we don't want scofflaws on the road, that is a given. But, how close does this approach Orwell's 1984? You don't know the reference? Find an online summary, if anything. What happens when the license plate scanners make a mistake, like they did with me, and YOU get pulled over multiple times over a system error. It doesn't get fixed until YOU have waited in traffic court for FIVE HOURS, only to prove innocence to the prosecutor with documentation and paperwork, who then chuckles and says "Get out of here, I'll dismiss this."??? Stolen cars, fine. Expired tabs, fine. Questionable drivers? QUESTION THIS, IT FAILED ME.

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ussforrestalNov. 4, 12 1:48 AM

Retention of this data for even one day should be prohibited. The government has no right to track me or any other law abiding citizen and retain that data for anyone to see. Even if they manage to figure out how to restrict access, they still hav no right to track me. Where is teh ACLU when you actually need them? jeez...

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buskahNov. 4, 12 1:59 AM

Nobody but law enforcement should have access to this information. It really irks me that businesses can invade anyone's privacy, it's every bit as creepy as a stalker doing it.

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jbpaperNov. 4, 12 7:46 AM

They were very misleading when they first started using these. They made it sound like all they did was scan the plate and if they got a "hit" it would notify the officer. They said it's purpose was to make it so the officer didn't have to manually enter a plate into the computer. They didn't say anything about retaining the data.

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ratsenubirtNov. 4, 12 8:04 AM

Basically the police are stalking everyone. I am going to print this article, go take my plates of my car and when the cops pull me over I will hand them this article and say: "once you get this plate thing figured out and stop stalking EVERYONE I might put them back on". I"ll have them in the back seat until then!

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rkn55811Nov. 4, 12 8:15 AM

George Orwell was right.

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Lifeguard06Nov. 4, 12 8:29 AM

I understand the car dealership repo people. Isn't the car dealership on the title until its paid for so don't they owe govt motors until then as we'll?

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timandtiaNov. 4, 12 8:39 AM

Now wait a minute. Here I was in favor of this practice, but not now. Why is this information open to basically anyone? Dumb move. So for now, don't have this policy or unitil all of the law enforcement agencies get this database to be "private only" to be used for the government/law enforcement.

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anewmanNov. 4, 12 8:57 AM

It's amazing that this article doesn't even question the police practice of following everyone all the time everywhere. People have already taken for granted that the government should do this. We really didn't take the lessons of 1984, did we?

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