In Friday’s Camera, we learned that the Boulder police will soon be
outfitted with a car that reads and verifies license plates as it drives
around town. This bit of kit is said to be for the identification of
stolen cars, which seems like a worthy goal.
But to what other purposes will the license plate data be put?
How long will it be stored, and who else will have access to it? The
police department is acquiring the ability to create an extensive database
of our locations at specific times; what safeguards are being put into
place to ensure that this database is not misused? We (and our newspaper)
should pay attention to such things.