A bill to limit and expand law enforcement's use of license plate readers passed out of a Virginia House subcommittee, sparking questions during a debate about the age-old dance between government overreach and public safety.
Since August, the driver has gotten at least four parking fines associated with a personalized car plate he's had for the past 10 years. But it wasn't until the driver, Omar Ahmad of Ontario, was sent a Facebook Marketplace listing by his brother that he finally understood why.
The United States is cobbling together what Hill calls a "rickety surveillance state" built on this and other surveillance technologies. "We have only the rickety scaffolding of the Panopticon; it is not yet fully constructed," she observes. "We still have time to decide whether or not we actually want to build it.