|License plate data stir privacy concerns|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
LOS ANGELES — The growth of photo databases by private firms for use by law enforcement agencies and others is raising privacy concerns.
A growing number of cameras — hundreds around Los Angeles, thousands nationwide — are engaged in a simple pursuit: Taking pictures of license plates.
The digital photos, automatically snapped by cameras mounted on cars and street poles and then tagged with time and location, are transmitted to massive databases running on remote computer servers. Cops can then search those databases to track the past whereabouts of drivers.
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