Rybak asks state to keep car license data private

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 10:57 PM

The move comes a day after the city released a massive database tracking ordinary vehicle locations.

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sdsf51Dec. 14, 12 7:23 AM

“2.1 million reads on about 621,000 unique plates”. Is anybody concerned about this? Hundreds of letters pro & con about the state paying a big chunk of money for a stadium. Few if any letters about the state/city spending who knows how much to put up cameras and maintain a data base on where everybody with a car is going. The fact that the locations of the city's stationary cameras were redacted because they would reveal their locations would seem to say that whoever is running this invasion of privacy is worried about peoples reaction. It’s probably a good bet to expect that this program will expand to include St. Paul, all twin city suburbs and who knows how much of the rest of the state. Look at all of the freeway cameras put up in the name of “public safety” and multiply that by hundreds. “Rybak still expects the Legislature to act on the issue next session, making the data private.” Anyone who still thinks their elected representative will listen to them should ask them to at the least enact laws to make sure the information gathered can only be released by court order.

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murphydogDec. 14, 12 7:46 AM

If the license is not a hit why keep any of the data?

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dvsdan123Dec. 14, 1211:18 AM

If someone had told us 30 years ago that we would be required to carry a device that would tell the government where we were, 24/7, we would have rebelled. Now we all carry one and we pay for it ourselves. (Cell Phones) Privacy is gone.

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sdsf51Dec. 15, 12 5:47 AM

“2.1 million reads on about 621,000 unique plates”. Is anybody concerned about this? Hundreds of letters pro & con about the state paying a big chunk of money for a stadium. Few if any letters about the state/city spending who knows how much to put up cameras and maintain a data base on where everybody with a car is going. The fact that the locations of the city's stationary cameras were redacted because they would reveal their locations would seem to say that whoever is running this invasion of privacy is worried about peoples reaction. It’s probably a good bet to expect that this program will expand to include St. Paul, all twin city suburbs and who knows how much of the rest of the state. Look at all of the freeway cameras put up in the name of “public safety” and multiply that by hundreds. “Rybak still expects the Legislature to act on the issue next session, making the data private.” Anyone who still thinks their elected representative will listen to them should ask them to at the least enact laws to make sure the information gathered can only be released by court order.

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