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YOUR THREE CENTS: Do you think license plate readers are an invasion of your privacy?
But there is growing concern about not just their use, but how long police agencies keep the information they've recorded.
Some agencies have built giant databases of publicly available personal information, obtained legally, without warrants.
The readers essentially take a picture of a plate... convert the image to a readable text file... and then enter the plate info into a database.
The plate can then be checked to see if the car was stolen.... if the owner is wanted... or if the car is connected to a missing person case.
But privacy advocates are concerned about how long police keep the data if a plate doesn't produce any 'hits'.
Some police departments keep the images and information about the date, time, and location of the car indefinitely.
Some states have enacted legislation to make the data exempt from public records requests.
Five states limit how the cameras are used, and how long the information can be saved.
And more states are considering restrictions.
The U.S. Supreme Court and multiple federal courts have ruled that there is no expectation of privacy for a publicly visible license plate.
But privacy advocates say it's simply wrong to track people who've done nothing wrong.
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