License plate readers spy on passengers and your social media activity


Police and DHS are using 3M’s Mobile Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPR) camera system to create a nationwide surveillance network. Fyi, automatic number plate recognition was invented in 1976 in the UK.

DHS/Police use ALPR’s to create a nationwide ‘hotlist’  

According to a Security Info Watch article, P.J. Hardy, a Lebanon police public information officer said the system [ALPR] works in conjunction with DHS and the sexual offender database. Click here & here to find out more.

“Anytime there is an alert from where something has been entered from anywhere across the U.S with that combination of letters and numbers, it’ll send an alert to wherever we want that to go. In our case it’ll go to our dispatch center,” he said.

According to a DHS ‘Acquisition and use of License Plate Data‘ report. DHS uses ALPR’s to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who are immigration enforcement priorities, fugitive aliens, illegal re-entrants, and those individuals posing a public safety or national security risk.

To find out more about ‘hotlists’ read my article, Police use ‘Pay-By-Plate’ to “hotlist” motorists across the country.
DHS admits ALPR’s spy on our private lives

DHS acknowledges ALPR’s are spying on us. The excerpts listed below, were taken from page 4 of DHS’s Acquisition of ALPR’s report.

LPR data may be inappropriately shared with other agencies or private entities.

3M admits ALPR’s are all about data mining

Perhaps the most powerful application is its data mining capability, allowing users to locate and map hits based on a wide range of criteria including partial plates, street address, GPS coordinates, and time and date.

Police use ALPR’s to identify passengers

According to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center or Fusion Center, ALPR’s are being used to identify passengers.

The digital image can include additional information such as:

If a given plate is listed in the database, the system is capable of providing the vehicle’s location, direction of travel, and the type of infraction related to the notification.

Earlier this year, I warned everyone, that police use secret facial biometric cameras to identify motorists, passengers.

Three years ago the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles allowed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to secretly record the vehicle identification number, age and sex information from the records of 65,000 vehicle owners and compare them to speed camera images.

Though primarily intended for fixed security camera installations, the software could allow police to identify the occupants of vehicles when the system is supplied with a clear photograph of a car’s interior. In states such as California and Arizona where red light cameras and speed cameras photograph the front of a car, the video stream can be analyzed in “near real time” to catalog and identify the driver and anyone in the passenger seat of passing vehicles, flagging “any person of interest.”

ALPR’s alert police to your social media activity

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According to Maryland’s Analysis Center, ALPR’s alert police to your social media activity.

Non-Criminal Intelligence Files: Data, frequently raw and unanalyzed, compiled by law enforcement agencies in the conduct of normal business, such as suspicious activity tips, numbers and types of calls received from the public in agency call centers, situational awareness/officer safety information, etc. These files may also include open source (i.e. news media and publically accessible internet) information.

Police also use MediaSonar, X1 Social Discovery and Geofeedia to spy on our social media activity. Click here, here &here to find out more.

ALPR’s identify people and license plates in any weather or lighting

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3M’s cameras feature unique technologies to enhance read accuracy by suppressing ambient light such as headlights and bright sunlight.  Samsung’s Wisenet III cameras, can identify people through fog. How much would you like to bet 3M’s cameras can do the same? Click here to find out more about 3M’s ALPR technology.

ALPR seminar admits they’re a “mass surveillance method”
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International Chiefs of Police Association admits ALPR’s make mistakes

On page 14, of the International Association of Chiefs of Police policy for ALPR’s, under the subject ‘Matching Performance’ they admit ‘hotlists’ are inaccurate.

…if the ALPR unit accurately captures or reads only a portion of a vehicle’s plate, or misreads one or more characters on a vehicle plate, is the unit (and its software) nevertheless able to match the plate with hotlist records stored or accessed through the device (perhaps with a scoring factor related to the probability of an actual match)?

In other words, ALPR’s should assign ‘hotlisted’ vehicles a probability [accuracy] score.

Americans don’t surrender their right to privacy when getting behind the wheel

New York Attorney Daniel J. Ward said, “Americans don’t surrender their right to privacy when they register an automobile. The public’s right to have a reasonable expectation of privacy should be honored.”

This should serve as a wake up call to everyone. The Feds are using ALPR’s to create a nationwide database on drivers and passengers.

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