A Law Enforcement Officer’s Take on Independent Institute’s ALPR Report

In Analysis by Michael Rae

To the layperson, a license plate might be the most boring thing in the world besides the occasional unique background design or humorous custom lettering. But to an officer, a license plate is invaluable for its information. Beyond the make, model, and other relevant details about the car it’s attached to, when a license plate is run, we learn about the registered owner, their driving status, if the driver has a warrant, if the car has been reported stolen, and sometimes other officer alerts. 
However, due to poor safeguards surrounding automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology, license plate-related issues can graduate

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