Md. Lawmakers Looking to Limit License Plate Tracking
Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 10:44 PM EST
Maryland has one of the most extensive license plate tracking programs in the country, but now some state lawmakers want to limit the surveillance.
Police use special cameras to take pictures of license plates and then cross reference them with crime databases. Police are constantly looking for outstanding violations or wanted criminals.
"Last year, 86 million screen shots of license plates in Maryland were captured," says Senator Christopher Shank.
But many wonder what happens to the data after it's captured.
The data is stored at the State Fusion Center for a year. Some state lawmakers are trying to limit the storage period to 90 days.
Privacy advocates wonder why any storage is necessary. David Rocah, an attorney with the ACLU, says he recognizes that plate tracking is an effective took for police but, "But that use of the technology is instantaneous and does not require any storage of any data."
The proposed license plate limits has bi-partisan support in the house and senate. Several other states have recently passed other legislation.