Police Database Of License Plate Scans Raises Privacy Concerns

By PAT EATON-ROBB,  Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut police departments are holding on to data from millions of license plate scans that pinpoint when and where drivers have been.

A database compiled by a group of 10 towns includes more than 3.1 million license plate scans by patrol cars since the summer of 2010.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut obtained the database through a Freedom of Information request and provided a copy to The Associated Press.

The ACLU and some lawmakers say the practice raises privacy concerns.

The database can be obtained by the public and searched to determine when and where individual cars were seen.

State Rep. Gary Holder-Winfield, D-New Haven, said Tuesday that proposed legislation would restrict the amount of time police can keep scanned information and restrict its use to law enforcement.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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