SpyVeillance: Maker-Hackers to Profit from Selling Anti License Plate Camera Tools
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Mon Jul 5 14:34:07 PDT 2021
License Plate SpyVeillance Blocker v2.0...
0 - Previous versions of blockers were permanent fixtures using
permanent tinted, polarized, and or optical-sandwich plastic.
These were not tuneable, and could not be turned off when
needed, which led to problems.
1 - Making and selling sunshades for plants etc is not illegal.
2 - LED screens can be electrically toggled to block, polarize,
and or also selectively reduce light transmission via activating
3 - Drivers will set opaque or tuned reduction during adverse
SpyVeillance conditions, toggle off to transparent when known
vehicles come into viewing range.
4 - Sunshade makers profit $$$.
- Electrically or mechanically jettisoned plate covers.
One style of this could be a random looking bit of cardboard
held on by slip knot pulled from the cabin thus leaving no
product attached to the vehicle. These require stops to reload.
- Electrically or mechanically driven optical polarizers.
- Programmable alphanumeric display... LED, nixie tubes,
dot matrix, flip clocks, etc... pimp your ride!
Critics of the cameras note that only a tiny percentage of the
billions of plates photographed lead to an arrest, and that the
cameras generally haven't been shown to prevent crime. More
importantly they say the devices are unregulated, track innocent
people and can be misused to invade drivers' privacy. The controversy
comes as suburban police departments continue to expand the use of the
cameras to combat rising crime. Law enforcement officials say they are
taking steps to safeguard the data. But privacy advocates say the
state should pass a law to ensure against improper use of a nationwide
surveillance system operated by private companies.
Across the Chicago area, one survey by the nonprofit watchdog group
Muckrock found 88 cameras used by more than two dozen police agencies.
In response to a surge in shootings, after much delay, state police
are taking steps to add the cameras to area expressways. In the
northwest suburbs, Vernon Hills and Niles are among several
departments that have added license plate cameras recently. The city
of Chicago has ordered more than 200 cameras for its squad cars. In
Indiana, the city of Hammond has taken steps to record nearly every
vehicle that comes into town.
Not all police like the devices. In the southwest suburbs, Darien and
La Grange had issues in years past with the cameras making false
readings, and some officers stopped using them...
Homeowner associations may also tie their cameras into the systems,
which is what led to the arrest in Vernon Hills. One of the leading
sellers of such cameras, Vigilant Solutions, a part of Chicago-based
Motorola Solutions, has collected billions of license plate numbers in
its National Vehicle Location Service. The database shares information
from thousands of police agencies, and can be used to find cars across
the country... Then there is the potential for abuse by police. One
investigation found that officers nationwide misused agency databases
hundreds of times, to check on ex-girlfriends, romantic rivals, or
perceived enemies. To address those concerns, 16 states have passed
laws restricting the use of the cameras.
The article cites an EFF survey which found 99.5% of scanned plates
weren't under suspicion — "and that police shared their data with an
average of 160 other agencies."
"Two big concerns the American Civil Liberties Union has always had
about the cameras are that the information can be used to track the
movements of the general population, and often is sold by operators to
third parties like credit and insurance companies."
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