Minnesota police cameras quietly capture license plates, collect data



By Eric Roper, Star Tribune

“Police in Minnesota and across the country are increasingly using small car-mounted cameras to scan thousands of license plates and pinpoint — in real time — stolen vehicles, suspended drivers and criminals.

Those same cameras also record the time, date and location of every car they see and store the information. That disturbs privacy advocates, who want more details about the cameras and are calling for standards to govern how police classify and retain plate-reader data.”

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