Today the ACLU revealed that 26 state police departments use traffic cameras to photograph license plates and drivers’ faces for law enforcement purposes. The face photos are processed through facial recognition software and the license plates are screened to see if any are hot.
We are not talking terrorism here. Of the 85 million license plate readings in Maryland, for example, only 47 were associated with real crimes, largely stolen cars or license plates. 860 pictures led to traffic citations.
Perhaps we may need to invade the 4th amendment privacy protections to nip terror attacks in the bud. But the failure to have a current registration or an emissions inspection sticker hardly qualifies. Nor does car theft or license plate theft.
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