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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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Hacked Border Surveillance Firms Wants to Profile NYC Drivers

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

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?

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

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

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

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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