- Jersey City, N.J. keeps your information for five years, with approximately 10 million license plates currently on file.
- Grapevine, Texas keeps information indefinitely, with 2 million plates currently on file.
- Milpitas, Calif. stores data indefinitely, with approximately 4.7 million plates currently on file.
- Minnesota State Patrol deletes plate information after 48 hours and currently has fewer than 20,000 plates on record.
While there are legitimate reasons for police departments to collect this information (such as the most obvious one: finding stolen cars), it’s not terribly clear what they’re doing with the data otherwise.
Indeed, out of 1 million plates read, 2,000 matched for crimes, of which only 47 were “serious,” according to the ACLU.
The main problem is that there’s not yet any regulation around this practice. Only five states have laws on the matter, and out of those, only Maine prohibits them completely.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Not much. Contact your state reps to encourage legislation restricting the use of license plate readers or at least forcing their implementation to be more transparent.
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