EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSConcerns Raised Over Scanner Cameras
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Reported by: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 18, 2013 5:02 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
New concerns have surfaced about government surveillance on the road.
State police, deputies and city cops in West Virginia use automatic scanner cameras to read hundreds of thousands of car license plates. They help solve crime, but the American Civil Liberties Union said they also store information on millions of innocent people. In a report on the national use of scanners, the ACLU complained there is little supervision over the data. West Virginia has both fixed and mobile scanners. Public Safety Secretary Joe Thorton defended their use.
They ACLU said unless there are legitimate reasons to retain records, they should be deleted within days, and that people should be able to find out if their car's location history is in a law enforcement database.
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