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Feds Convinced Police To Use License Plate-Scanning Tech At Gun Shows (foxnews.com) 277

Long-time Slashdot reader SonicSpike quotes the Wall Street Journal: Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails show, raising questions about how officials monitor constitutionally protected activity. Emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency crafted a plan in 2010 to use license-plate readers -- devices that record the plate numbers of all passing cars -- at gun shows in Southern California, including one in Del Mar, not far from the Mexican border. Agents then compared that information to cars that crossed the border, hoping to find gun smugglers, according to the documents and interviews with law-enforcement officials with knowledge of the operation...

[T]he officials didn't rule out that such surveillance may have happened elsewhere. The agency has no written policy on its use of license-plate readers and could engage in similar surveillance in the future, they said. Jay Stanley, a lawyer at the American Civil Liberties Union, said the gun-show surveillance "highlights the problem with mass collection of data." He said law enforcement can take two entirely legal activities, like buying guns and crossing the border, "and because those two activities in concert fit somebody's idea of a crime, a person becomes inherently suspicious."

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Feds Convinced Police To Use License Plate-Scanning Tech At Gun Shows

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  • to set up License Plate-Scanning Tech in front of marijuana shops in states where it is legal?
  • If you're upset that plate scanners are being used for mass surveillance, that's fine. If you're upset that plate scanners are being used for mass surveillance of a legal activity you really care about, you're part of the problem.

    Don't make me quote Martin Neimoller at ya.

  • Just like 1960 (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jim Sadler ( 3430529 ) on Saturday October 08, 2016 @04:46PM (#53038535)
    In 1960 I noticed a KKK meeting going on in a field. I parked my car and went to watch the clown show. Men in trench coats were writing down car plate numbers as well as taking pictures of the cars and plates. Oddly for the FBI to be seen doing that is more discouraging to free speech and free association than doing it on the sly. Local folks might have chased the clowns out of the field if they were not frightened to park and get their plates recorded or maybe photos of their faces taken. Watching an event never implies that one approves of an event.
  • First of all: this is a story about surveillance, not about the 2nd amendment. Go whine about sidearm ownership somewhere else.

    Second: Once again, somehow the concept of "arms" gets limited to rifles and pistols. Why do you all forget to bitch about not being allowed open-carry crossbows, or about not being allowed to set up a battery of TOW or FOG-M missile launchers in your back yard? Do you really think even your 37 semi-automatics (with the hack installed to make them fully automatic) are a match

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