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Published February 20, 2013, 12:00 AM

License Plate Readers


In this March 18, 2011 photo, Maplewood, Minn. police officer Steven Hiebert prepares to go out on patrol using the License Plate Ready System, which consists of a camera that photographs license plates and then compares them with those in a database of stolen vehicles. Minnesota law enforcement has used license plate readers mounted on squad cars as a means of tracking down stolen cars and criminals for years, but there’s no statewide regulation of their use. In light of recent government abuses of state DVS and DNR databases, the Legislature will look to put restrictions on what data cops can collect and how long they can keep it, as well as stopping the tracking information from getting out into the public. (AP Photo/Star Tribune,Jim Gehrz)
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