Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs)

Rolling out nationwide and throughout Massachusetts, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) are the latest surveillance technology to trouble our liberties and invade our privacy. Without proper protections and regulations, ALPRs can be used to track motorists and build databases about the movements of ordinary citizens going about their daily lives. Visit our privacySOS site to learn more about this technology and how it is being deployed in Massachusetts. Please also get in touch with us if you are interested in working to fight misguided ALPR use in your community!

Resources

ALPR use in Massachusetts

ALPR documents obtained through public records requests

License plate reader fact sheet


For more information about ALPR technology, visit:

http://privacysos.org/technologies_of_control/ALPR

http://privacysos.org/databaseinfo


Media

12.16.13

Boston Puts Plate-Scanning Program on Ice
The Wall Street Journal

12.15.13

After public records request, Boston Police suspends license plate scanner surveillance program
Muckrock

12.14.13

Boston Police halt license scanning program
Boston Globe

Boston Police indefinitely suspends license plate reader program
Ars Technica

ACLU calls for Massachusetts moratorium on controversial license plate readers
ACLU of Massachusetts news release

7.17.13

ACLU releases documents on license plate scanners from some 300 police departments nationwide
ACLU of Massachusetts news release

9.27.12

Boston police store license plate data for "intelligence" purposes

9.26.12

ACLU sues to get info on license plate tracking
The Hill

9.25.12

ACLU sues federal agencies for records on license plate tracking
ACLU Blog

ACLU sues to get U.S. agencies' license plate tracking records
CNET

ACLU sues in Mass. over license plate reader data
Associated Press

9.14.11

Brookline selectmen reject state grant for cruiser cameras
Boston.com

Brookline selectmen vote down state-funded license plate reader
Wicked Local Brookline

7.7.11

Brookline should say ‘no’ to automatic license plate readers
Brookline Tab op-ed

7.5.11

Police tout new cameras as tool to protect motorists; privacy advocates express concern
Patriot Ledger

 

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