The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard. DMVs across the country are selling data that drivers are required to provide to the organization in order to obtain a license. This information includes names, physical addresses, and car registration information. California’s sales come from a state which generally scrutinizes privacy to a higher degree than the rest of the country.
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.
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.
Brian Hofer has worked for the last half decade on defending citizens’ rights to privacy and creating tighter oversight surrounding the use of mass surveillance techniques and technology. So the irony is not lost on him when he said he and his brother, a 23-year-old political science student at UC Berkeley, were detained, sometimes at gunpoint, on Nov. 25 when a license plate reader near the San Pablo Lytton Casino off Interstate Highway 80 alerted police that they were riding in a stolen car.
“A chain of malls in California is using license plate reading technology to collect the numbers on cars in their parking lots, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF,) which advocates online for civil rights. The mall operator, Irvine Company Retail Properties, then transmits the information to a surveillance technology vendor called Vigilant Solutions, which sells the data to clients.” “One of Vigilant’s clients happens to be ICE. Local law enforcement agencies also use its license plate databases.
California’s dramatic new license plate is hitting the streets – a digital display board that allows changeable messages controlled by the driver or remotely by fleet managers. […] If the car is stolen, the plate’s manufacturer says the plate can tell the owner and police exactly where the car is or at least where the license plate is if it has been detached. Read the full artcile at at The Sacramento Bee.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday demanding public records related to the agency’s interactions with Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) databases. Read the full article at East Bay Express.