VA High Court: License Plate Database Not Personal Data


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Regulations related to the collection, storage and use of personal data don’t apply to the collection of license plate readings, a court has found, calling privacy regs into question

As you drive to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, you may very well pass a blue and grey Fairfax County police car with its shiny lights and trunk-mounted Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR). The camera will take a picture of your license plate; scan it; analyze it; “read” the letters, numbers and state of issue; and compare it against a “hot list” of wanted or stolen cars or determine whether the owner of the vehicle is “wanted” and therefore stop the driver under the assumption that they might be the wanted owner.

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