Privacy concerns were being raised about the cameras law enforcement and other agencies use to read license plates, 10TV News reported on Tuesday.
The cameras can read license plates of vehicles that drive by law enforcement officers. The information is then entered into the computer database looking for warrants, expired tags or other information, 10TV News reported.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center asked that the government suspend the use of the cameras until privacy safeguards are in place.
Amie Stepanovich, a member of the EPIC Associate Litigation Counsel, said that the government should take a closer look at these surveillance programs before taking action.
“We find that government jumps feet first into these wide-scale surveillance programs, compiles these huge databases and they don't think through the protections and the necessary steps before doing this," Stepanovich said.
Law enforcement agencies responded by stating that they only capture images in public places. Other agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, use the cameras as well.
Businesses like Arlington, Virginia’s tax agency use the readers to locate vehicles of delinquent taxpayers.
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