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UCF to photograph license plate of each vehicle at school entrances

By BanTheCams.org on July 16, 2019

The University of Central Florida Police Department said it will soon begin photographing the license plates of each vehicle at the main campus’ six entrances and exits. Officials said the readers will record the location, the date and the time of the photograph. Read the full article at WFTV 9.

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In the Dystopian Future, Fast-Food Chains Will Track Your License Plate Number

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

Lots of Americans think that the government is spying on them, but in the dystopian future, it’s probably just as likely to be a McDonald’s that’s keeping track of your every move. Multiple fast food chains are reportedly trialling license plate recognition systems for their drive-thrus. It looks like the main aim is to either speed up service, or juice more money out of customers: If a camera at, say, a Starbucks recognizes a repeat customer, it might show a custom menu centering around that person’s tastes, or it might be able to store that person’s payment details.

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Hacked Border Surveillance Firms Wants to Profile NYC Drivers

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

Just months before millions of its internal documents were stolen and dumped on the internet, the Tennessee-based surveillance company Perceptics was preparing to pitch New York’s transit authority on how it could help enforce impending “congestion pricing” rules, according to leaked documents reviewed by The Intercept. The pitch, as outlined in the files, went well beyond mere toll enforcement and into profiling New Yorkers’ travel patterns and companions, creating what experts describe as major privacy risks.

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San Mateo Ends Red-Light Camera Program, Dismisses or Refunds Nearly 1,000 Tickets

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

San Mateo announced Thursday that it is ending its red-light camera program and dismissing or refunding 985 citations issued at an intersection where the yellow-light timing was in error. Watch the video / Read the full article at NBC Bay Area.

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Could red light camera ban pass state legislature next year?

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

A state lawmaker made headlines three years ago by taking a red light camera citation he got in the mail and burning it on camera. Since then, state Rep Andy Holt (R-Dresden) has pushed for restrictions on those cameras in Tennessee – but now he’s calling for an all-out ban. Watch the video / Read the full article at NewsChannel 5 Nashville.

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City of San Mateo Shutters Its Red Light Camera System

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

The city of San Mateo is ditching its red light cameras and dismissing hundreds of citations after one of its cameras malfunctioned, city leaders said Thursd Watch the video / read the article at CBS San Francisco.

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Driver discovers error in speed camera citation; city to abate 300 tickets

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

It turns out Carrie Cammarato was right. The I-Team confirmed that the speed enforcement camera was wrong, and that problem means the city has to refund hundreds of drivers who received erroneous tickets and paid the fines. Watch the video / read the article at WBALTV.

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Howland discontinued speed cameras July 1 after change in state law

By BanTheCams.org on July 15, 2019

The Howland Police Department ended its traffic- camera program July 1 in response to the new Ohio law that reduced state funding to government bodies using them. The legislation reduced the local government funding the government agency received by an amount equivalent to the fines they collected through a red-light or speed-camera program. Read the full article at The Vindicator.

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What Happens When Landlords Can Get Cheap Surveillance Software?

By BanTheCams.org on July 14, 2019

[A]s the technology has matured, it’s gotten in the hands of organizations that, five years ago, would never have been able to consider it. Small-town police departments can suddenly afford to conduct surveillance at a massive scale. Neighborhood homeowners associations and property managers are buying up cameras by the dozen. And in many jurisdictions, cheap automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras are creeping into neighborhoods – with almost nothing restricting how they’re used besides the surveiller’s own discretion….

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Florida's DMV Made $77 Million -- By Selling Off Personal Information

By BanTheCams.org on July 14, 2019

A Florida woman is blaming the state government for an onslaught of robocalls and direct mail offers â”- accusations that come as the Scripps station WFTS in Tampa uncovered that the DMV makes millions by selling Florida drivers’ personal information to outside companies, including marketing firms. WFTS I-Team Investigator Adam Walser obtained records showing the state sold information on Florida drivers and ID cardholders to more than 30 private companies, including marketing firms, bill collectors, insurance companies and data brokers in the business of reselling information.

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