After following the instructional sequence, which includes reading the required chapters and the unit lesson the focus is automated license plate recognition technology. Can you think of any legal concerns with implementing this technology system?
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The innovation of new technology can trigger privacy concerns and spark new regulation, and Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR)systems are no exception. ALPR systems can be installed in a static location or n mobile platforms (police cars or tow trucks), and continuously scan and record license plates that come within rage. Private companies and law enforcement agencies are partnering up to install ALPR systems building an enormous database of plate numbers that can be used to help locate criminals, among other uses. As ALPR database continue to grow, the increasing instances of license numbers being recorded could result in near real-time tracking of individual vehicles.
Privacy advocates have raised concerns, arguing that people have a reasonable expectation that their plate number should be private. Additionally, ALPR systems capture data indiscriminately, meaning even non criminals are being tracked. Some A:PR systems capture more than just a license plate.
While litigation surrounding ALPR is still in its infancy, initial decisions have held that the practice is generally lawful as there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in a license plate. In addition, ALPR companies successfully challenged a state law that would have prohibited private use of ALPR, arguing that the law violated their First Amendment right to collect plate numbers and distribute them to their clients.
Falk, S. A. & Pavel, R. A. (June 15,, 2018). Growing Privacy Regulation of Automatic License Plate Readers Retrieved from https://www.lexology.com.