New program plans to mandate electronic updateable license plates that track your every move
by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that appears to apply to a new program which plans to force drivers to begin using electronic updatable license plates so police will be able to tell whether the vehicle – or the driver associated with the vehicle – is wanted for any alleged criminal activity.
The problem with this crime-fighting solution, however, is that the program, if it is implemented, will mean that authorities will have yet one more tool to track your every move, once again in violation of the fast-diminishing Fourth Amendment.
According to tech website PopSci:
A small company in South Carolina is attempting to introduce electronic license plates for the state’s cars and trucks. The plates are fairly simple: An electrophoretic display that can display certain bold words when necessary, like “STOLEN” or “UNINSURED.”
The site reported that electrophoretic displays are often referred to as “e-ink” (though E Ink is the actual name of a notable company that produces electrophoretic displays “and is not particularly fond of becoming the next Kleenex or Xerox,” PopSci noted).
Sure, electronic license plates might be cool and handy, but…