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How Automatic License Plate Recognition Tracks Your Steps

Saturday, October 01, 2011 By Lance Page, Truthout | Infographic
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As the surveillance state continues to expand, the push to track the movement of individuals across state borders has also expanded. Automatic license plate recognition technology is at the forefront of this move, not only capturing thousands of license plates per minute and storing the information in a database, but also recording the GPS location of where it was "pinged." According to the ACLU of Washington, law enforcement agencies don't delete any of this information.

This creates a vast database of personal data of where a person traveled, when and for how long. Data firms and multinational intelligence companies are also jumping on the bandwagon, furthering the reach of the surveillance matrix. 

Click here or on the info-graphic below to open it in a new window and click again to zoom in.

Lance Page

Lance Page is a designer, photo editor and videographer at Truthout.

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How Automatic License Plate Recognition Tracks Your Steps

Saturday, October 01, 2011 By Lance Page, Truthout | Infographic
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
  • Print

As the surveillance state continues to expand, the push to track the movement of individuals across state borders has also expanded. Automatic license plate recognition technology is at the forefront of this move, not only capturing thousands of license plates per minute and storing the information in a database, but also recording the GPS location of where it was "pinged." According to the ACLU of Washington, law enforcement agencies don't delete any of this information.

This creates a vast database of personal data of where a person traveled, when and for how long. Data firms and multinational intelligence companies are also jumping on the bandwagon, furthering the reach of the surveillance matrix. 

Click here or on the info-graphic below to open it in a new window and click again to zoom in.

Lance Page

Lance Page is a designer, photo editor and videographer at Truthout.

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By Tim Smith, Heidi Stephens, Truthout | News Analysis
The Advent of the Surveillance Society
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