I was listening to a podcast from the guys over at GeekSpeak today and they had a guest from the San Jose Police Department. The talk was mostly about cybercrime and what they are doing to fight it, limitations, people falling for scams, etc. but one of things that I didn’t already know stuck in my mind, so I did a little digging.
Apparently various Police Departments across the United States are using specially designed camera’s mounted on the outside of the squad cars. The camera’s face every direction, taking snapshots of license plates, comparing the plate against a database, and returning whether or not the plate is suspect for whatever reason. While some departments claim that if the plate comes back with no hits the plate is then purged from their system, others sound like they keep the records in case they are needed later. It sounds like the results have been very positive for the safety of the community.
Now on the flip side, besides privacy advocates, what about the data security? Now that could be a scary discussion…
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