Your license plate is in a nationwide database and is used by police to track you

Jay Leiderman
By: Jay Leiderman
December 21 2014

I have retitled John Wesley Hall’s well-written dystopian post [linked above, summarized below the “read more” break] reminds us of a few things. First is that with changing technology comes changing surveillance techniques. This is hardly the Snowden/National Security Agency disclosures, but, it can be argued, this is more prevalent, more frequently used, and more dangerous to the liberty of the individual. True, information wants to be free, but it does not want to be analyzed and used agains the individual by the state. Such is anathema to the idea of a free society. When we say information wants to be free, we are talking about this sort of disclosure coming from the state. Transparency for the State, privacy for the individual. That idea is trampled on again and again.

This conduct, no doubt, will be the continued subject of how we are to treat emerging tech issues in the courts.

This appears to be a basic violation of our constitutional and civil rights. We have the right to travel freely. This impedes that right. Surveillance impedes freedom. This is another example of how law enforcement and the government stack the defense against us. A police state for sure. It appears to me that courts should treat these cases like unwarranted and unlawful searches and seizures, though based upon stare decisis I suspect they will not.

One must question how many false accusations or false charges this less-than perfect technology will lead to. This is why we fight against unjust systems.

Now that you are aware of this, protest against it. Lest there be any doubt, we are living in the tin foil age.

Local police and private license plate reader data goes into a private database to locate you nationwide (“Remember your local police license plate readers? The National Vehicle Location Service (NVLS) gathers that information from them and private sources, and then law enforcement can get it from everywhere in the country to prove where your car was. In United States v. Loz, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174371 (E.D. Va. December 17, 2014), the police used that information combined with intercepted telephone calls and GPS pings to put one defendant’s vehicle near the scene of a counterfeiting operation, as detailed in a wiretapping warrant affidavit.”)

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