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    Featured: Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]
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    Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These ...

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    Report: MI rejects 'War Sux,' 'INF1DL' license plates, ACLU lawsuit ensues [w/video]
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    Vanity plates are a great way to test a state's limits on freedom of expression, which makes them good kindling for lawsuits. The latest license litigation comes from Michigan, where the American Civil Liberties Union has brought suit on behalf of a plaintiff against the state for rejecting the ...

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    Official: ACLU releases license plate scanning docs, says you are being tracked
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    The proliferation of automated license plate readers in police departments around the country has increased dramatically over the years, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to commission a report to find out what they are being used for, the policies governing their use and how they should ...

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    Report: ACLU sues LAPD and Sheriff's Department over license plate scanners
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    Both the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and the Los Angeles Police Department have become big fans of cameras that capture license plate numbers and check them against information in registration and criminal databases. The Sheriff's Department uses 47 fixed cameras and has 77 squad cars with ...

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    Report: Chrysler fires protest organizer at MI assembly plant
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    Chrysler has reportedly fired a Warren Stamping Plant worker for what the company is calling a violation of its code of conduct. Alex Wassell (left), a 20-year veteran with the automaker, was suspended without pay after he was quoted in an article in The Detroit News. The 63-year-old welder ...

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    Report: ACLU launches phone app to help motorists secretly record police stops [w/video]
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    Shortly after the New York branch of the American Civil Liberties Union created an app called Stop and Frisk Watch, in response to the law enforcement tactic of the same name, the ACLU branch in New Jersey has created a Police Tape app. It does exactly what it says on the box: records audio and, ...

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    Report: KKK moves to adopt Georgia highway, controversy ensues
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    Our constitutional rights are often a double-edged sword. While we're happy to live under the protection of a government that encourages our rights to assemble and free speech, it can be somewhat more difficult to accept groups who hold starkly different views from our own. Legislators in Georgia ...

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    Some Amish upset over buggy safety triangles
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    Despite the occasional buggy-on-car accident, most Amish remain totally opposed to modern safety equipment like headlights, taillights, brakes, seatbelts or even, in Kentucky at least, orange safety triangles. According to the Detroit Free Press, the ubiquitous neon-orange triangles seen on ...

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    ACLU throws its weight around in... battle for Colorado vanity plates?
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    If you LVTOFU, the ACLU might go to bat for your right to let the world know you love tofu. A Colorado woman was recently turned down by the state's DMV when she wanted a plate reading "ILVTOFU." The Department of Revenue said the letters "FU" are a banned combination, and cited a statute that ...

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    NHTSA requires disclosing "black box" details
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    Starting in 2011, automakesr will be required to inform consumers if their new vehicle includes an event data recorder, or "black box". Such devices have recently come under fire from privacy advocates, as manufacturers have been somewhat less than forthcoming about information on the devices. The ...

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    Ford considering amending employment policy's sexual orientation clauses
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    Ford’s shareholders are to reportedly consider changing the company’s equal employment policy language to exclude any mention of sexual orientation. The move is expected after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected the automaker’s bid to keep the matter from ...

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    Minneapolis judge orders 'lights out' for traffic signal cameras
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    A Minneapolis, Minnesota area judge has given red-light cameras a taste of their own medicine. Hennepin County District Judge Mark Wernick has put the red light on the county's automated traffic signal cameras installed this past July. The judge found legal fault with the county’s ...

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