Sunday, November 27, 2011

License plate reader may invade privacy

"Asset recovery businesses have always been trying to do more with less. Now, some of them are taking advantage of cameras and digital imaging. But privacy experts say it's a slippery slope.

For repossession agencies, it is clearly breakthrough technology. It is the exact same technology police use - license plate recognition technology through high-speed digital cameras mounted on the hood and trunk.

John Henderson, owner of Niagara Frontier Recovery, has been using the system for a few years.

"My cameras read the license plate on that car. It comes into our system, and it's saved into the system," explained Henderson.

Photos of the plates pop up on a laptop computer inside the repo truck. The plate numbers are then checked against a national database of vehicles to be repossessed, compiled from lein holders."

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