Rhode Island Bill Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would prohibit roadway surveillance, including the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) without a warrant in most situations. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

A coalition of representatives, including four Democrats and an independent, introduced House Bill 7222 (H7222) on Jan. 18, The legislation would prohibit “roadway surveillance” and bar police from using ALPRs  unless “undertaken by law enforcement in the investigation of a particular violation, misdemeanor, or felony pursuant to a warrant or court order based on probable cause.” The proposed law would allow warrantless roadway surveillance in exigent circumstances and to locate missing persons.

H7222 would put strict limitations on the retention and sharing of data gathered by license plate readers. Sharing of information would be prohibited without a court order. Any data that does not identify a violation of the law would have to be destroyed within 72 hours unless there is a court order for its retention. All data that does …

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