Is it still a “public street” with no expectation of privacy if a citizen whips out an iPhone and starts videoing a cop doing his job? Just wondering.
Then the garbage man needs to be deputized in order for this to be a lawful and legal surveillance.
It is wholly unacceptable and I will be calling Sam liccardo is office to inform him as much
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My town installed readers on the main road our local auto thieves use to leave town. When there was a hit, we’d notify the jurisdiction up the road and they’d pop out and scoop up the guys as they came by.
Worked like a charm, auto theft took a big drop... for a while... now the thieves steal a car plus the plates from a nearby vehicle. It’s an endless progression: crime evolves to circumvent the technology, then the technology evolves. Most of the dudes who get caught are the amateurs.
The real privacy issue here isn’t the readers, they’re just a more efficient version of the license number “hot sheets” that cops have had since the 30’s. The problem arises when the data gets warehoused and becomes available for law enforcement use. When that happens, you’re no longer looking for a specific criminal, you’re keeping track of everybody’s movements.