Two major firms in the license plate reader (LPR) industry have filed a new lawsuit against Arkansas’ governor and attorney general, alleging that their corporate rights have been violated under a new state law banning the private collection of such data.
As Ars has reported before, these scanners have been increasingly deployed in cities and towns across the US. LPRs can read, analyze, and store 60 plates per second. Typically, the LPR checks an unknown plate against a “hot list” of wanted or stolen vehicles, but the tricky part is that LPRs aren’t just looking for suspected bad guys. They almost always record and retain the time, date, and precise location of every license plate scanned, often for years and sometimes forever.
In this case, the two firms in question—Digital Recognition Network (DRN) and Vigilant Systems—generate, maintain, and share access to the license plate reader database with law enforcement.
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