California: “‘Mass surveillance’ on ‘every driver’ prompts severe backlash”

“A major privacy advocate is asking California to suspend a training program for law-enforcement officers conducting “mass surveillance” of drivers, because it includes outdated and incorrect information, and acts as a sales promotion for the private company running the database.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking Scott Loggins of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training to suspend the certification for the training program for officers regarding automated license-plate readers, or ALPRs.

The cameras and character-recognition software, mounted on streetlights and overpasses and attached to police cars, monitors California drivers and compiles in databases their locations and movements…”

See the bold? Their reasoning should scare you.

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