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The Ethics Board of One of the Largest Vendors of Police Tech Makes the Case Against ALPRs

The Ethics Board of One of the Largest Vendors of Police Tech Makes the Case Against ALPRs

Automated License Plate Readers(ALPRs)—a mass surveillance technology that allows law enforcement to record the location and travel patterns of nearly every driver on the road—are poorly regulated, threaten privacy, and worsen the racial and economic inequalities already ingrained in our justice system. What are your thoughts on this privacy threat and how it should be handled? Learn more in an interesting EFF article:

That’s what EFF and other advocates have been saying for years. But now it’s coming from an oversight body formed by one of the nation’s largest police tech vendors.

Last week, the AI and Policing Technology Ethics Board at Axon, a tech company best known for popularizing body-worn cameras and the Taser, released a damning report concerning the commercial sale of ALPRs. The board, whose purpose is to “help guide and advise the company on ethical issues,” concluded that while it sees the potential value of ALPRs, their current role in society is too broad and problematic. The sheer amount of information that ALPRs gather and store was also a concern for the ethics board—particularly when privately collected data is often for sale to whoever wants to buy it.

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