LICENSE PLATE LOCATIONS TRACKED, DETAILS STORED
Police feed info on millions to intelligence ‘fusion centers’
June 28, 2013
Apparently the government not only is monitoring telephone activity, maintaining back-door access to computers and networks and photographing mail, it is recording where your vehicle’s license plate is seen – and storing the details.
The report comes from the Center for Investigative Reporting, which explained in an online posting that police officers can gain insight into who are your friends, where you shop, where you work, where you go to church and whether you go to political meetings based on the tracking of your car.
The report, from website contributor Ali Winston, cited the situation for computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe of San Leandro, Calif. He found out that police there had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including once in 2009 when he and his daughters were exiting the car in their own driveway.
That, he told CIR, made him “frightened and concerned about the magnitude of police surveillance and data collection.”
The report said police agencies, at least throughout California, are collecting records on drivers by the millions and feeding them to intelligence “fusion centers.”