A License to Spy? ACLU Says You Are Being Tracked.

July 18, 2013

Photo Credit | J. Carlisle Larsen

“We’ve seen in the past when powerful entities amass enough information, they often tend to want to abuse it. We just want to make sure those protections are put in place.”

—Shelli Weisberg, Legislative Director for the ACLU: Michigan

Chances are your license plate has been scanned electronically as you drive around. There are thousands of scanners across the country. Some are on buildings, some on bridges, and all are designed to capture images of passing or parked vehicles. Police say those images provide an essential weapon in fighting crime, and even terrorism. But is it a violation of your privacy? Shelli Weisberg is the Legislative Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked her what the ACLU's main concerns are about digital license scanners. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Read the ACLU's report here

Photo Credit | J. Carlisle Larsen