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Are you secretly being watched?

License plate imaging worries some privacy advocates

1:21 PM, Jul. 27, 2013
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Four Dane County police agencies have collected and stored more than 4 million license plate images in the past three years using an increasingly popular technology that has drawn scrutiny from privacy advocates.

Fitchburg, Middleton, Sun Prairie and Verona have at least one police vehicle equipped with an automated license plate recognition system. The system photographs license plates on all passing vehicles, logs time and location data on them and checks the plates against a list of those flagged by local, state or federal authorities.

Police say the systems, which are growing in use ...

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