York County Libertarian Party

York County Libertarian Party Calls for Moratorium on Deployment of Automatic License Plate Scanners

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Update: Manuel Gomez joined constitutional lawyer Paul Rossi on WHP 580’s Bob Durgin show to discuss York city’s proposal for automatic license plate scanners. Listen to the interview below.

For Immediate Release
Sunday, September 04, 2011

Contact: York County Libertarian Party Evan Mentzell – Secretary press@yorklp.org http://www.yorklp.org/press

York County Libertarian Party Calls for Moratorium on Deployment of Automatic License Plate Scanners

York, PA – The York County Libertarian Party (York LP) is raising opposition to a measure proposed by the council of the City of York, which would authorize the York City Police Department to purchase Automatic License Plate Scanners.

A Bill authorizing the purchase of automatic license plate scanners is scheduled to be introduced during York City council’s legislative session on Tuesday, Sept. 06 at 7pm in York’s city council chambers.

The York LP is calling on public officials in the City of York to table the measure until proper oversight and deployment restrictions are judiciously explored and implemented with the full and open participation of the public. Members say the proposal raises concerns over the protection of innocent citizens’ privacy.

“We need full oversight as to how the data will be collected and stored, and answers to whether or not citizens’ private data will be collated and sold to private companies,” said David Moser, Chair of the York County Libertarian Party, speaking during a special meeting on the topic.

Automatic License Plate Scanners have been deployed in various municipalities throughout the nation in recent years, often used to locate, track, and seize vehicles found to be without insurance coverage, vehicles registered to individuals who owe taxes and municipal fees, and even overdue library charges. “We offer the opportunity to the City of York, that we can be the vanguard of openness and transparency and show that these systems can be properly implemented and utilized free and clear of abuse if proper citizen engagement and access is granted early on in the process”, said Mr. Moser.

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      1. I worked against the acquisition of a license plate scanner in Takoma Park, MD, and built a web site and numerous posts around that. newsrackblog.com/act…

        I held a small forum inviting civil liberties experts, that was attended by local police. and which we videotaped and put online.
        newsrackblog.com/act…

        The “Constitution Project” has developed model legislation about video surveillance that I think might be adapted to license plate scanners.
        www.constitutionproj…

        Thanks for your opposition to license plate scanners! I hope one or the other of these things proves useful. In our case, I couldn’t prevent the acquisition, but council specified that images could not be stored.

      2. Thank you for all your work, Thomas. Your efforts to carefully document your experience has helped our research greatly. Your site was one of the few places which had material relevant to our opposition to license plate scanners.

        We are currently working to compile a privacy impact assessment complete with suggested recommendations and parameters for the usage and deployment of the scanners. We will be presenting our report at a scheduled police committee meeting to be held on the subject of scanners on Nov. 1st. Keep a lookout for more updates, and wish us luck!

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