Grapevine PD Among Agencies Storing License Plate Scans
Most police agencies are using license plate scanners, but that's not what has the ACLU worried. A new report finds that some departments, like the Grapevine Police Department, have accumulated millions of scans and have been storing that data for years.
License plate scanners are the dark horse of the surveillance world. They've been around for a decade, but people rarely notice. They don't look much different from closed circuit cameras, perched over busy intersections. Or they're just another device mounted on a passing police car.