LINCOLN, Neb. (July 18, 2018) – Tomorrow, a Nebraska law goes into effect that puts limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state. The new law also places 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.
Sen. Matt Hansen (D-Dist. 26) sponsored LB93. The new law restricts the use of ALPRs to specific law enforcement functions and places strict limits on the storage and sharing of any data collected by such systems.
On Feb. 8, the Nebraska unicameral legislature passed LB93 by a 47-0 margin. With Gov. Pete Ricketts’ signature, the law went into effect midnight July 19.
LB93 prohibits the use of ALPRs except for specified law enforcement activities, including locating missing persons, persons with outstanding traffic or parking violations, vehicles in violation of registration requirements and persons subject to arrest warrants. It also allows the use of ALPRs to regulate the use of a parking facility. The law bans bulk collection of license plate data using ALPRs in the state.
The new law’s …
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