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kamapuaa writes: MVTRAC, is one of several new companies in the process of automatically tracking car license plates to make private databases. They're for use in helping banks re-possess them, or helping police find stolen cars, or really whatever the companies feel like, as the new-found industry lacks government oversight. The New York Times has an article about how it's changing the car repo industry
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Companies using new technology to track cars.

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  • All data has a black market. This one will. Jealous husbands wanting to know where their wives went, detective agencies, companies wanting to know who goes drinking on weekends, etc.
  • In Norway it is possible to send a text message with the license plate number to a governmental bureau and you will receive the name of the owner, type of car, what county the owner lives in, when the car last got a mandatory check and if the owner is behind with the payments to the same bureau.
    Visit the website of a second bureau and you can check if there's a bank loan tied to the car.

    These are great services and all considered public information. It stops you from being scammed and it's great for contact

    • by Kanel ( 1105463 )

      I just saw that the norwegian police is now also using automatic reading of license plates to check against a database of car owners that have not payed their dues or cars that are not cleared for driving. (typically because they've missed their mandatory checkup)

      article in norway: []

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