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Posted 9 months ago in Your Personal Rights by Josh Crank  
Vanity License Plate Rules Lead to Free Speech Fights

A vehicle license plate measures a mere six inches by 12 inches, but it’s plenty big enough to be a First Amendment battleground. Just ask Indiana police officer Rodney Vawter, who was unceremoniously stripped of his vanity plates that read “0INK.” After three years with the barnyard reference on his bumper, Vawter, who calls the plates “an ironic statement of pride in his profession,” filed for his renewal with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The BMV rejected it, citing an …

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Posted 9 months ago in Crime Government Your Personal Rights by Michele Bowman  
License Plate Readers Worry Privacy Advocates

Law enforcement as well as private security companies are using cameras to photograph license plates and are building a vast database of information about Americans – to the dismay of privacy advocates. Some states are even limiting their use, but the full extent of the how the readers will be used is not yet clear.   Smile: You’re on Candid Car Camera!  The American Civil Liberties Union wants to nip the potential for privacy abuses in the bud. The organization …

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Cameras Snap Your License Plates for Huge Databases [Video]

  The government and private companies are using automatic license plate readers (LPRs) to gather the license numbers of cars on the streets of cities and towns across the country. These gadgets snap pictures of the plates, time stamp the photos and record the GPS coordinates. You don’t even have to be a criminal suspect. You just have to drive a car. Lawyers.com journalist Ed Alpern investigates how the LPR technology is affecting your The International Association of Chiefs of …

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