It was my belief then -- and is my belief now -- that ALPR technology is too overreaching.
To put into simpler language the potential for abuse of ALPR technology is far greater than the potential for good.
There is no reason at all to have a database that shows anyone -- much less the government -- the physical location of every car in your area once a day.
Or twice a day, four times, what ever.
Yes, I realize that the ALPR system will vastly improve the number of stolen vehicles located.
Yes, I realize that other crimes will be solved -- although not nearly as many as are claimed -- by the ALPR systems.
I also realize that power corrupts; I realize that Mission Creep Is Inevitable; and -- most importantly -- I realize that government safeguards on stored private data and personal information are ALWAYS loosened, NEVER tightened.
The invasion of privacy, coupled with the staggering potential for abuse -- both official and personal -- means that the ALPR database systems need to be drowned at birth.
I understand that there are some folks out there who don't hold with my bleak outlook on this system.
Fortunately -- or not, depending on where you live --
Seems like the British government is going to use their ALPR system to track 50 million plates per day -- and hold that information in a searchable database for five years.
Do note, if you would, the part about officers being "encouraged to fully and strategically exploit the database to reconstruct the whereabouts of drivers".
My particular favourite, however, has to be this quote:
Companies bidding to run the pay-as-you-go driving schemes have been asked to come up with a system to impose a minimum charge on motorists.Remember what I said earlier about official abuse? No doubt "the chiillll-dreeennn!" were used as the excuse -- but excuse or no, this is official abuse.
The charges would be imposed at all times and not just on the busiest roads or during rush hours.
The proposals are part of Government plans to encourage more people to use public transport or walk to fight rising obesity levels.
And I can't wait to see what other official
Think it can't happen here? Think our money-grubbing city, county, State and Federal governments will be able to keep their paws out of this brand-new shiny money-pot?