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US records vehicle movements

BIG BROTHER?Millions of vehicle license plates are tagged every day, a civil liberties group says, allowing police to track a driver’s location and keep the records for years


“At a time of fiscal and budget constraints, we need better assistance for law enforcement,” assistant US attorney in Maryland Harvey Eisenberg said.

Law enforcement officials say the technology automates a practice that has been around for years. The ACLU found that only five states have laws governing license plate readers.

The ACLU study, based on 26,000 pages of responses from 293 police departments and state agencies across the country, found that license plate scanners produced a small fraction of “hits,” or alerts to police that a suspicious vehicle had been found.

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