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Big brother has a new target: Your license plate

“Automatic license plate readers (ALPR’s) have begun popping up in neighborhoods around [Pasadena and] the U.S. in order to deter property crime, and according to residents — it’s working.” Listen to the full interview from KPCC’s Larry Mantle with guests  Josh Thomas, head of marketing at Flock Safety, a company that makes automatic license plate readers for residential neighborhoods and Mohammad Tajsar, attorney at the ACLU of Southern California where he specializes in police practices.   https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2018/12/13/63993/big-brother-has-a-new-target-your-license-plate/

The discussion refers back to the work of Pasadena Resident, POP! Board Member and activist Ed Washatka, who argues in the article below, that “The retention of massive amounts of surveillance data on the movements of residents who are not criminal suspects is an unjustified invasion of our privacy.” Activist urges Pasadena residents to seek license plate reader records from Police, by Andre Coleman. Pasadena Weekly, Dec. 7, 2017https://www.pasadenaweekly.com/2017/12/07/activist-urges-pasadena-residents-seek-license-plate-reader-records-police/