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Erie, Pa., Works to Balance Privacy in the Smart City

From cameras capable of reading faces and license plates to self-serve kiosks that take credit card payments, city officials are having to reconcile the balance between innovation and public privacy. Read the full article at GovTech.

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FDOT talks about disputing ticket after a man received an invoice for a toll he didn't pass

The new toll roads are now being enforced in Jacksonville and Tuesday, Action News Jax told drivers about the different Sun Pass options to avoid paying toll fees. However, we didn’t mention what to do if you get a ticket in the mail for a toll booth you didn’t cross. Watch the video / read the full article at Action News Jax.

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WESH 2 News investigates thousands of red light camera ticket dismissals

Foreign tourists are getting a free pass when it comes to dangerous driving that puts all drivers at risk. Orange County has not been ticketing foreign visitors who run red lights, or the rental car companies that put them in the driver’s seat. Watch the video / read the article at WESH.

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Cops pose as construction workers to nab texting drivers

Police in Cobb County, Georgia, went undercover to nab texting drivers or those who won’t put down their phones in violation of the hands-free law. Watch the video/read the article at KEYE.

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China: Facial recognition technology can now text jaywalkers a fine

If you jaywalk, a CCTV camera will scan your face and flash it up on the huge screens for all to see, according to the South China Morning Post (SCMP). If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, there are now plans to ping offenders’ phones with quick-fire fines as soon as they violate the grim rule. Read the full article at New York Post.

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Austrailia: World-first Big Brother Sydney traffic cameras capturing drivers' private information spark privacy concerns

The NSW Government’s mobile phone detection cameras, heralded as “world-first” road safety technology, work by capturing wide-angled images of all passing drivers and front passengers through the windscreens of cars to check if they’re using a phone while behind the wheel. But more than 1100 pages of emails and documents - obtained by 9News under Freedom of Information laws - reveal numerous red flags over the Big Brother technology have been raised by the NSW Information and Privacy Commission (IPC).

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Denver-area neighborhoods are installing license plate readers to record every vehicle that passes by

License plate readers posted at both entrances to an upscale Aurora neighborhood snapped pictures of passing cars Wednesday, recording the type, color and license plate number of each vehicle and inputting that information into a database. Such technology used to be relegated to law enforcement. But these cameras were purchased by the local homeowner association in January after a few burglaries of cars and a home in the neighborhood. Red signs near the cameras warn passersby of “24/7 Video Recording.

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Court Tells Turnpike Authority to Prove E-ZPass Fine is no Scam

An appellate court panel has demanded that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority provide evidence that it needs to charge a $50 violation fee for every missed toll. The fee is at the heart of a proposed class-action lawsuit against the Authority over its E-ZPass fines. State law prohibits the authority from profiting off violation fees. The fine is supposed to make up the cost of the missed toll as well as the effort in sending out the notices.

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UCF to photograph license plate of each vehicle at school entrances

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

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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