Longview — Automatic license plate readers in use on two Longview police vehicles will store data on motorists for a year, according to a policy finalized recently by the department.
But the policy doesn’t address how the Longview Police Department intends to use that information during the year it is retained.
Such practices are one reason the technology has sparked concern from groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which has warned that the automated scanning equipment could be operated in a manner that violates civil liberties, including tracking innocent motorists’ movements.
There are concerns about how long data retrieved by license plate readers can be stored, and how that data might be used by law enforcement and government officials. An ACLU report this summer found that across the nation, depending on the department, storage time varied from 48 hours to indefinitely.
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