A Bigger Big Brother – Virginia Reporter Shocked At Extensive Capture of Her Activity Via APLR Records…

We’ve written about this new technological data gathering Automated License Plate Readers (APLR’s) more than once. In Maryland the use of APLR’s was linked to a Florida man who was pulled over and asked about his firearm, presumably through CCW records data-mined by third parties and sold to the Maryland data and intelligence hub.

CameraMaryland authorities refused to provide records from our Public Records requests, citing the ambiguous “Ongoing Investigation” reasoning. Now here’s some information from a reporter in Virginia who requests her own records and finds out how much she is tracked.

 

VIRGINIA – The police know exactly where my car has been — and when — during the past few months.

They could have the same information — or more — about you.

As a part of my series on the use of automatic license plate readers in Virginia, I wanted to find out what kind of information local police might have. By law, the only information I’m privileged to is my own.

Last week I filed a public records request with the Alexandria Police Department. I’ve lived in the lovely city of Alexandria for just two years, and my driving record — aside from the occasional parking ticket — is virtually spotless.

What I found, however, left me riveted. (read more)

Maryland Public Records Request Response - MDTAP

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25 Responses to A Bigger Big Brother – Virginia Reporter Shocked At Extensive Capture of Her Activity Via APLR Records…

  1. Hello……we’re from the Government and we’re here to help you……….it’s for “the children”…….if you don’t have anything to hide, what’s the problem……. “Yes we can”……”hope and change”…..”if you like your doctor”…….”you don’t want to go there buddy”……”at this point, what does it matter”……………..Oh how I miss “Mr Gorbachev….tear down this wall”!!!

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  2. Gunny G says:

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  3. Attorney says:

    Maybe we could learn from what the Soviet Union did with Glastnost. Yes, that would be a good idea. Let’s take small steps to achieve liberty again.

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  4. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    Speaking as an honest citizen, it’s easy to say “So what if they collect information from ALPRs and know about my travels. I have nothing to hide, and I’ve committed no crimes.” And of course, there’s the argument that we do live in a time of violent criminal activity, and we want protection from it. If police have a passive way to collect data that they can later use to “connect the dots” once a suspect is identified, to convict and remove him from the streets, that’s a good thing,right? Where’s the harm in that?

    Well, that’s pretty logical, until you consider that this system isn’t as passive, or benign as its proponents would have you believe. For example, notice what was said in the article:

    “In 2008 and 2009, the Virginia State Police, which now regularly expunges records but still collects them, captured license plate data of people at political rallies for Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.”

    Now, what purpose could there be to collect (and identify) the plate numbers of people who attend political rallies? Why target those people specifically? And, as if that act alone isn’t insidious enough, then consider the effect that knowledge of this practice had on the author:

    “After writing this, I’ll be sure to keep a closer eye on my surroundings. All it would take is a quick search of the records to find out where I live and where I typically travel.”

    As you can see, knowledge alone of the capability of ALPRs already has an effect on political participation, and expression of free speech. But then consider what occurred this past week at the Bundy ranch. There we had a number of people who gathered legally to assist a man who was standing up to a federal bureaucracy. Their assembly was legal, and non-violent, but at least one was tasered and arrested, while another was assaulted by the authorities who were present. And, as at least one report claims, the authorities used drones to collect images of the people and vehicles in attendance.You can very easily see how this can be used now, or later, to create a “profile” of these people, portraying them as “bitter clingers” or “anarchists.” And,once “on the radar” with this sort of association, how hard would it be for some prosecutor to build a circumstantial case against any one of them? And how does this knowledge effect your willingness to support a similarly besieged citizen in the future?

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    • sundance says:

      Yes, all of this is accurate. However, the issue is actually larger.

      As I have spent quite a bit of time researching this issue I’ve realized all of the data is essentially “vendor driven”. Meaning that 3rd parties are buying/selling (contracting) information about YOU to/from the government as a service for revenue enhancement.

      The APLR system is essentially a tool in this type of service.

      Let’s say you are behind on a civil fee, or local tax, or maybe you just have outstanding parking tickets……. – the 3rd party (contracts with the govt) to harvest the information, then they mine government data bases and compile a hub of information.

      The vendor then becomes the extension of government collection.

      You come walking out of the grocery store and find your car has a “wheel boot” which disables your ability to drive. Under the wiper is a ticket with the number to call to have the boot removed – when you call the number you find out that you must first pay “the fee or municipal tax you are in default” to get the boot removed.

      The data base is proprietary to the vendor. The government entity just allows the vendor to mine their existing data network to create a hub of centralized connected data about you. The vendor gets a fee and/or percentage of payment recovery.

      Where is it going …. ? Everywhere.

      You go to check in at an airport (now considered a federal building) and find out your travel is suspended until you pay the municipal parking ticket from 2 years ago in Chicago that you totally forgot about (you live in Dallas).

      However, the clerk smiles and says “you can pay for it right here if you like, just give me your credit card and we can take care of it for you”….

      The private business (airline collector) gets a cut of the collection fee.

      All of this is from private-public business partnerships – constructed as a business model – from 3rd party vendors who purchase access to data and legally act as an authorized party/agent on behalf of the government.

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      • LetJusticePrevail" says:

        Wow. That’s an aspect that I never considered, but it makes perfect sense. This kind of data-sharing has so many uses, some of which are so mundane they fly below the radar. Have there been any reports of this actually happening yet, or is it still in the planning stages? Have civilian vendors started to collect their “cut”?

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        • nyetneetot says:

          “Have there been any reports of this actually happening yet”…
          Oh yes, for years. It’s only getting “bigger”.

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  5. Chip Bennett says:

    Time to push legislation to outlaw these cameras?

    I don’t have a problem with cameras per se, but their use needs to be tied to specific and articulable probable cause of criminal activity.

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    • daman12013 says:

      Its all about subterfuge. All these red light cameras, license plate camera, face recognition cameras are to TRACK and MONITOR everyone. If they catch a bad guy or two then GREAT see we told you its for the great good. All the while we know where you have been. You think all the GPS info from your phone isn’t being tracked and stored somewhere? Yeah right….

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      • Murse says:

        The problem is technology being usurped by ideologues. Maryland is a den of Leftist ideology having spilled over from D.C. and it is obvious they are using massive databases to cross-reference license plates with things like gun ownership. I wouldn’t be surprised if they have the ability to cross-reference voter records to target extremists like Tea Party types. When will the day come when the tipping point is reached and millions of patriots demand a reset? That is what is so maddening. We have the numbers to force the government back to founding principles and to rout out the corrupt but getting people to act is the Achilles heel. Conservatives have to make a bigger investment in marketing. We have to circumvent the MSM and reach-out to the millennials.

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    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      The problem is, this data is stored for months and can be used to fabricate a fictional mischaracterization of your activities for use as a “circumstantial case” against you:

      “So,Mr Bennett… you claim to be an upstanding citizen, but we have records that show you attended a rally at the Bundy Ranch, in defiance of federal laws. We also have evidence that you regularly visit shooting ranges, and have purchased several firearms. NOW you expect the jury to believe that you aren’t part of a right wing conspiracy with its roots enunciated at a website called the CTH, where you have consistently posted anti-government sentiment? Come now, Mr Bennett, do you really think this jury is that naive?”

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      • Chip Bennett says:

        Objection: evidence obtained via camera is not admissible, because it was gathered without specific and articulable probable cause of criminal activity.

        Objection: protesters at the Bundy Ranch committed no crime, and violated no federal laws.

        Objection: presence at a shooting range and purchase of firearms are lawful activities.

        Objection: posting comments on websites is a constitutionally protected activity. No evidence has been proffered that any “anti-government sentiment” has been posted on any particular website.

        Defendant requests that the court strike the previous question, and will request a mistrial if the prosecution makes any further, similar statements intended to serve no other purpose than to bias the jury against the defendant.

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        • LetJusticePrevail" says:

          Prosecutor: “I withdraw the question, your honor.”

          2nd prosecutor to first: “Very clever of you. The bell can’t be “un-rung”, can it?”

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      • nyetneetot says:

        They don’t really need to fabricate anything. With all the laws and regulations (conveniently conflicting in many cases) you could be picked up for not sorting your trash properly.

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        • LetJusticePrevail" says:

          Quite true. With all of the local, state and federal laws, it’s a near certainty that you’re already guilty of some kind of violation, even if it’s only something petty.

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    • nyetneetot says:

      “Time to push legislation to outlaw these cameras?”

      Just a question, but isn’t this like the same argument the anti-gun crowed uses.

      I wonder if the public focus on the camera is because that is the part we can see.
      It’s just one data collection point that originally was implemented to be used as part of a system. One system may have been for racking red light violators, another carpool lane violators.
      What is not being presented here is what is done with the data on the backend. All the talk about data retention length is just PR. They don’t need the original data after it gets collated into a NEW database or passed on to another agency.
      Data analytics=Big money

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  6. ytz4mee says:

    Once again, if you trace the story back to its origin, it’s about big money spending on special interests to direct energies, legal and regulatory efforts in a direction that benefits THEM directly, especially when THEIR interests are at cross-purposes with the rights and privacy of citizens.

    In this case, the big pocket “special interest” is the insurance industry. My DH has a friend who works on the Alexandria, VA PD and has for two decades. I began to become concerned some years ago when he talked about the funds the insurance company was supplying to the PD to encourage them to spend the bulk of their energies on searching for stolen vehicles. In fact, the majority of their time on the night shift, pending an emergency call out, was spent looking for vehicles.

    The LPRs made it easier for the PD to search for stolen vehicles by automatically “sniffing” license plates while the cars are on patrol or parked in a strategic location, such as the on-ramp or off-ramp of a major arterial roadway. When a license plate is found that matches one programmed into the system, the LPR gives a warning sound that a “hit” has been made.

    In one case, this resulted in an innocent citizen being subject to a full felony stop because the plates of his rental vehicle had been programmed into the LPR as stolen. When the vehicle was recovered, no one bothered to purge the plates from the system. Some in the department found this hilarious and just another “bump in the road” as an ordinary citizen in the New America.

    Most people think that the tax dollars they are levied on their real property means they are funding a police department that is there to “serve and protect” them. Nothing could be further from the truth in modern America. Oh, they will still levy your property and take your money – but they answer to other masters, such as the insurance industry and the feds – who provide them with less accountable slush funds and toys such as MRAPS and armorment for SWAT teams, etc.

    The insurance industry redirecting PD efforts was just the camel’s nose under the tent. If citizens follow this story, they would be alarmed at what most local PD have morphed into. We no longer live in Mayberry, USA IYKWIMAITYD.

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  7. texan59 says:

    While absolutely no fan of McConnell, it appears that Mr. Bevin might be doing some resume’ enhancement. This is only permissible AFTER taking office. As one who firmly backs the TP, I would have thought some lessons had been learned from the last two election cycles.

    http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/288645-mit-disputes-possible-mcconnell-challengers-claimed-ties-to-school

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    • texan59 says:

      Oops. Wrong thread. Sorry.

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      • nyetneetot says:

        Just more big government data collection efforts…. Oops, wrong reply. 😉

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      • Plus, the “story” was more than one year old. Matt Bevin has clarified the issue and is and has been very popular with conservatives who know him. BTW, it was an MIT business management seminar which he was taking to improve his knowledge of business management.
        Everyone – please keep an eye on the actual age of any “news stories” you read and be sure to check for followups. It’s kind of like the forwarded emails we get that most of us have learned to check out with Snopes or other fact-checking sites.

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        • texan59 says:

          FWIW, I’ve given my mea culpa over on the OT. My point still stands. He lied on documents that are out in public. Everything a republican does or says will be used against them in the court of public opinion. We have to tread carefully since we get no breaks from the media.

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  8. czarowniczy says:

    A professional Magical Thinker bangs right up and into reality – poof – cognitive dissonance, better known as ‘OW! My head hurts!!!”. Let’s see how many doctrinal infusions she has to take to make the truth go away.

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