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License plate data not just for cops: Private companies are tracking your car

nbcnews .com -- License plate recognition technology developed for law enforcement and embraced by the auto repossession industry is being opened to wider use through a Florida company that lets its clients track the travels of millions of private vehicles – adding to privacy advocates’ concerns that such data could be used improperly.

TLO, an investigative technology company in Boca Raton, Fla., began offering the search service to its private industry clients in late June, saying it taps into a database of more than 1 billion records collected by automatic license plate readers.

A report earlier this week by the ACLU found that U.S. law enforcement agencies are scooping up droves of data using license plate readers, creating massive databases where more than 99 percent of the entries represent


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2013 11:07:05 PM

rjh: you're so right. Falling right back to ancient Rome. Next up? Pane e circenses.
rjhenn
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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2013 12:36:11 AM

LeftLane1 - "Soon we will become socialist communists and Russia and China will lead capitalism, how messed up is that??"

Actually, we're heading towards becoming a 3rd world nation, with a small wealthy elite, a small, struggling middle class, and a lot of poverty.

And both Russia and China are finding that capitalism has its own disadvantages.
LeftLane1
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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2013 8:08:00 PM

Agreed, almost like we have become to stupid to be upset about it as a society. While others in the world fight towards some new found freedom, we race towards where they were at high speed.

Soon we will become socialist communists and Russia and China will lead capitalism, how messed up is that??
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 24, 2013 6:53:38 AM

the apathy in this country is getting more and more amazing as time goes on.
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jul 23, 2013 5:42:41 AM

Krasna: what's more disturbing is that people don't even bother getting upset about it.
leeac
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 7:21:43 AM

Big brother is watching.
KrsnaDragon
Champion Author Montreal

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 7:01:43 AM

Disturbing news.
DrCashFlow
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 4:20:52 AM

orwellian
JuicyQ69
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 2:52:31 AM

Indeed, jim27106.
jim27106
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 2:46:52 AM

They should use the data to track Mom's who don't allow kids visitation with Dad.
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:59:55 AM

Face it people - privacy is dead
snky2k
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:36:24 AM

They should be hanged. That would deter the rest of these low lifes from attempting to spy on other people.
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:25:42 AM

What will they do with the data is what bothers me.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:09:55 AM

Spies, spies everywhere.
shiningknight15
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:08:29 AM

Big brother.
regout
Champion Author Quebec

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:06:41 AM

We got enough of the big brother that we don't need the private companies.
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:04:43 AM

Kind of tempts me to ship one of my license plates to a friend in Hawaii and ask her to put it on her car a few days, then ship it to a friend in Florida to do the same, zig zag it around the nation and eventually back to me from Alaska or Oregon and see how the experimental head game goes.
mooneyman
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:03:22 AM

Ok
nurdco
Champion Author Colorado Springs

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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:00:58 AM

Data mining is everywhere...
ToddsPhone
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 1:00:25 AM

Where do will it stop?
louderthanlove
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:59:47 AM

i find it fascinating and useful but..
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:59:28 AM

More government control... This SUCkS!!!
charladan
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:57:10 AM

been around for quite a while
jcurley
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:56:22 AM

I know people shout big brother when the gov't collects our data, but what about big corporations?

I guess our right to privacy just another one of those old "quaint" items in that bill of rights thingy.
NotmeuQc
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:55:35 AM

Nothing new here, its been happening for years.
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:53:32 AM



Some theme music

to go with the article...
Double_Golden
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:53:29 AM

our gov't tracking us the citizens every moves, PHONE, INTERNET, NOW LICENSE PLATE, WHAT'S NEXT???
MDTDriver
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:52:35 AM

Nothing new here Big Brother has been fowling us for all my life!
Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:52:09 AM

Big Brother and some old pervs...
Rageagainsttm
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:50:01 AM

Big brother is here.
Glock26
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:46:19 AM

Obamie and his boy's at it again!!!
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:44:47 AM

use a blocking cover
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:44:22 AM

could be
stillcruisin
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:42:48 AM

The potential for catching actual criminals is a good use for this technology, but the potential for misuse of data regarding law-abiding citizens is alarming.
CatMan623
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:41:28 AM

When you're out in public, your movements are PUBLIC. You have no privacy on public roads, on public sidewalks, in public buildings, in shopping malls or restaurants.
yakstar
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:39:13 AM

what else is new in this age of surveillance?
rd2000
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:39:13 AM

not good
Cheney
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:36:59 AM

only in a democracy
Methodist
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:35:11 AM

k
oldred11
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:34:54 AM

Maybe now my insurance company will believe me when I tell them how many miles I drive each of my cars.
pa79th
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:34:46 AM

This needs to be outlawed, along with Google, and the NSA!
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:34:07 AM

Gotta tie up Big Brother. The time has come.
ShadowACE
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:33:40 AM

And people thought George Orwell wrote a futuristic fantasy.....but now it seems more like he wrote a visionary treatise on the 21st century America.

Remember, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean that they're not really out to get you.
RambleOn
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:32:42 AM

I suppose this means more telemarketers, soliciting, and other unwelcomed parties snooping into our lives and trying to sell us garbage we don't want.
10k
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:32:00 AM

if they follow me, they will end up in the "boredom looneyville clinic"..
TIGERPAW46
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:31:38 AM

More misuse of road side Cameras tracking your every move.
SteveHawk
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:29:49 AM

big brother is alway watching
Burger09
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:28:52 AM

Very interesting...
DocWyeth
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:28:45 AM

NO more privacy
skybiker
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:26:37 AM

I am so tired of this....
unclenorman
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2013 12:26:35 AM

Call your representatives.
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