In what appears to be a new trend, use of fixed license plate scanners under the guise of homeland security is coming to Maryland. As reported by wjz, 200 new license plate scanners are going to be deployed by Maryland law enforcement, including 40 at fixed locations.
The New York Times also recently reported that their homeland and countererrorism surveillance efforts would employ automatic license plate scanners on anyone entering Manhattan.
As we’ve mentioned before, thus far, this real-time video scanning technology has largely been used in Maryland directly on police cruisers in order to instantly detect stolen vehicles and drivers with suspended licenses or outstanding warrants.
But it is not surprising that this big brother surveillance technology would find wider and even more insidious applications.
While it makes sense for those who are concerned with governmental intrusion, privacy violations and other civil liberties issues to fight these efforts, it is also important to at least be aware of what is going on.
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