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As License Plate Tracking Increases, Privacy Advocates Press for More Regulation

AP photo/ The News Tribune, Peter Haley Tacoma Police Officer Matthew Graham monitors an automatic license plater reader as he cruises during a graveyard shift, June 21, 2014.  A utomatic license plate readers (ALPRs) have been in use since at least 1997, when they were deployed in London as part of a surveillance and security cordon targeting IRA terrorists. In the United States, state transportation departments use the license plate readers on toll roads and law enforcement agencies harness the technology to find stolen cars and track criminals.
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