Another massive database of law-abiding citizens' behavior

We now know that federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are using automated license-plate scanners, mounted on everything from telephone poles to police cars, to build a huge database of where people are driving. This might seem like a small intrusion compared with the electronic spying carried out by the NSA. But not all threats to privacy involve the tracking of emails and other communications.

This is exactly the sort of thing that isn't very threatening when applied to individuals by a high-cost method (following them with a police vehicle 24/7), but when applied to the whole population in a manner that can be accessed at any time in the future when the government becomes interested in a particular citizen, turns the society into a police state.

This entry was published Wed Nov 20 08:42:54 CST 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-11-20 08:42:54.0. [Tweet]

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