No Privacy For Drivers In California

May 15, 2017

Private companies can go ahead and keep scanning and recording the license plates of parked cars in California. A bill in the state senate would have given owners of cars the right to cover their license plates when parked, failed in a committee vote. Automated license plate reader companies “are collecting massive amounts of data on innocent people’s driving patterns and selling it for profit,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The information is used by law enforcement, financial lenders, insurers, and collections agencies. More worrisome is that the software might be programmed to reveal “real time alerts about a driver’s whereabouts.”