Feb 18
9:27 AM

Expectation of Privacy in Your License Plate Number?

The surveillance industry is fighting back. A company that makes automated license-plate readers sued Utah’s government last week over a new law intended to protect drivers’ privacy.

Digital Recognition Network of Fort Worth, Texas, which makes license-plate readers that rapidly scan the tags of passing vehicles, argues that a new state ban on license-plate scanning by private companies infringes on its free-speech rights to collect and disseminate the information it captures, and has effectively put it out of business there.

The case is an early example of pushback as Congress and state legislatures consider proposals to rein in phone-records collection, drones and license-plate readers. At least 14 states — including Colorado — are considering measures that would curb such collections.

By Jack Gillum
The Associated Press

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