Snap! The local HOA just captured your license plate number

They’ve tried building fences. Hiring private security guards. Installing closed-circuit cameras around their homes to spot every passing car or suspicious-looking person. And now, homeowners throughout the Bay Area and in other U.S. cities are turning to license plate readers as a next line of defense against property crime. The trend has helped generate a fertile market for companies that make the technology, though it also has raised concerns about privacy and led some academics to wonder whether people’s desire for protection has gone too far. ...

Insurance Company Wants Nothing To Do With Toll Road Lawsuit

Government agencies and private individuals are calling out what they say are the deceptive practices of rental car companies with respect to toll road usage fees. These “PlatePass” charges are a big moneymaker for photo enforcement provider American Traffic Solutions (ATS, now known as Verra Mobility). Florida’s attorney general and the city of San Francisco have both accused Verra Mobility of misleading rental customers, and Navigators Insurance Companies wants nothing to do with defending these practices. ...