Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPR use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Today, a Massachusetts committee passed a bill that would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. 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.

The Joint Committee on Transportation created and approved Senate Bill 2299 (S2299) on Feb. 9. The new bill was based on S1909, introduced by a bipartisan coalition of 12 senators and representatives. The legislation limits the use of ALPRs by police to “legitimate law enforcement purposes.” The law defines these as “detection or investigation of a crime, traffic violation or parking violation; operation of AMBER alerts; or searches for missing or endangered persons.”

The bill would also put strict limitations on the retention and sharing of data gathered by license plate readers. Police would be required to submit any collected data to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security within 48 hours or destroy it. The proposed law would allow the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security to retain ALPR data …

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