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License plate reader van disguised as Google Maps car

Philly cops caught using imposter as surveillance car.

An SUV with a Google Maps sticker in Philadelphia caught the eye of a security researcher this week. He exposed an unusual surveillance scheme.

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Waze vulnerability allows users to be tracked

UC Santa Barbara's student team created user-tracking "ghost cars."

Switching on the app's invisible mode shields the user from being seen until an update fixes the issue.

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Woman keys parking officer's car after receiving ticket

Police in Santa Ana, California are on the lookout for a local woman who vandalized a parking attendant's vehicle after being issued a parking ticket.

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Surveillance Footage Shows Plane Crash in LA | Autoblog Minute

Dramatic surveillance footage shows a plane crashing into cars on LA street.

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Man almost crushed with truckload of soda, then cleans up

A pedestrian who narrowly avoided being crushed by an out of control truck in Brazil last month started clearing the road seconds after his near miss.

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FBI official raised concerns over use of license-plate readers

Not Much Is Known About How Bureau Uses Surveillance Records

As the Federal Bureau of Investigation increased its use of automated license-plate readers in field operations, at least one official inside the agency raised concerns about potential privacy intrusions.

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Motorist seeks limit on time police can keep plate-reader records

Virgina Lawsuit On License-Plate Reader Data May Be First Of Its Kind

A Virginia motorist is demanding his local police department stop holding onto driving records collected by automated license-plate readers.

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Virginia poised to limit license-plate reader records

Bills Received Bipartisan Support; One Could Set Nation's Shortest Retention Limit

Virginia could soon set the strictest limits in the nation on how long law-enforcement agencies can retain automated license-plate reader records.

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Homeland Security again seeks license-plate reader records

Program Amounts To Warrantless Surveillance On Law-Abiding Americans, Critics Say

A little more than a year after the Department of Homeland Security canceled a plan to build a national license-plate reader database amid an outcry over privacy intrusions, federal officials are renewing the push.

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Oakland Police Department releases license-plate reader records

Ars Technica Shows How LPR Data Can Be Used To Discern Daily Habits

In response to a public-records request, the Oakland Police Department released 4.6 million records from its license-plate readers. Here's what they show.

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Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]

Three Recent Court Cases Pit Law Enforcement Against Privacy Advocates

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.

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Red-light camera use declines as speed cameras continue to rise [w/video]

Two Traffic-Camera Trends On Divergent Paths

Over the past three years, the number of speed camera programs has grown from 115 to 140.

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CA stops plans for RFID-enabled driver's licenses [w/poll]

California could have become the fifth state to issue enhanced driver's licenses (EDL) and identification cards embedded with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips, but last Friday, state lawmakers suspended the legislation over privacy concerns. The RFID-equipped cards were to be optional, but ultimately it was a lack of measures to prevent law enforcement from tapping into the chips that killed the bill, W

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ACLU releases license plate scanning docs, says you are being tracked

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 be used to benefit the American public. The report, which has just been released, is called You Are Being Tracked. The report's findings, accord

Driving Somewhere? There's A Government Record Of That

Liscense plate scanners allow police to track a driver's location with few legal restrictions

Using automated scanners, law enforcement agencies across the country have amassed millions of digital records on the location and movement of every vehicle with a license plate, according to a study published Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union

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ACLU sues LAPD and Sheriff's Department over license plate scanners

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 the equipment, the LAPD has gone from having 12 cruisers with the cameras five years ago to 100 now – and the cameras snag images of more than a thou

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ACLU launches phone app to help motorists secretly record police stops [w/video]

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.

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Sharp-dressed man goes on vehicle-damaging rampage at CA Mazda dealer

Have you ever gotten so mad that you wanted to break something? For the vast majority of us, the urge passes without any property damage, but the same can't be said of Edward Roth. Fox 5 San Diego reports that the 22-year-old did his best Michael Douglas impression from the movie "Falling Down." The victim? Hines Mazda of Mission Valley, and Roth even managed to do the deed in a snazzy dress clothes. Surprisingly, the vandalism appears to b

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Cordon multi-target speed camera is terrifying

We're not big fans of speed cameras. The tickets are expensive, there is no facing the accuser, there are questions of accuracy, and in some cases, these cameras don't even appear to be helping out the governments that install them financially. And don't even get us started about many cases in which Chris Shunk

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Terrahawk shows you how to erect a mobile sniper's tower in under two minutes

Just one minute and 45 seconds after purchasing a Mobile Utility Surveillance Tower from Terrahawk, you can have a (low-flying) bird's-eye view of your surroundings. You'll be more comfortable than any bird, however, in your climate-controlled guard tower, but you might be slightly more constrained when it comes to handling your 'business.'

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