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The legislation would make the data collected by license plate readers (LPRs) private and add oversight to the use of LPRs.
(Published Mar 4, 2013)
Minnesota law enforcement agencies use automated cameras to photograph license plates and compare the plate numbers to law enforcement data. LPRs have the ability to photograph hundreds of license plates from either a stationary position or when mounted on a squad car, and the collection, classification, and retention of LPR data by law enforcement agencies has garnered significant media attention over the last six months because the data collected is public, allowing anyone to find out where and when vehicles have traveled through certain parts of a city.
SF 385 was a compromise supported by the League and the Minnesota Police Chiefs Association. It strikes a balance between the use of an effective law enforcement tool and citizen privacy concerns. Under the legislation:
The LMC Board of Directors adopted an interim legislative policy at its February meeting, and the compromise language of SF 385 conforms to the policy. The House version of the bill (HF 474, Rep. Mary Liz Holberg, R-Lakeville) is awaiting a hearing in the House Civil Law Committee.
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