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California Auditor to Probe Police Use of License Plate Readers

June 27, 2019, 9:11 PM

California’s state auditor will survey all state law enforcement agencies to see whether they’re using automatic license plate readers and, if so, which vendors they use.

Privacy and civil liberties advocates have expressed concern in recent years about police use of ALPRs, which are camera systems that automatically snap pictures of license plates and capture other information on drivers and passengers.

The state’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee voted June 26 to approve the audit.

The committee also directed State Auditor Elaine Howle’s office to take a deeper look into the use of ALPR in four jurisdictions. Auditors will see if...

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