Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (April 17, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts committee passed a bill that would limit access to, and retention and sharing of, data collected by automatic license plate readers. 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.

Rep. William Strauss (D) introduced House Bill 3439 (H3439) last year and it carried over into the 2018 session. The legislation would prohibit any state or local agency from accessing, searching, reviewing, disclosing, or exchanging ALPR data in its possession, custody, or control except under the following conditions.

  1. For the purpose of collecting tolls, parking fees, or fines or surcharges related to unpaid tolls or parking fees.
  2. As necessary to install or maintain and ALPR system
  3. To respond to a reasonable belief that an individual is at imminent risk of serious physical injury, death or abduction.
  4. To comply with a search warrant or preservation request.

The proposed law would require state agencies to permanently destroy all ALPR data within 120 days of its capture unless the judge issues a warrant or a preservation …

Read more at The Tenth Amendment Center
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