- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - A judge has declined to throw out a lawsuit challenging the Fairfax County Police Department’s practice of storing data collected through the use of license-plate readers.

The American Civil Liberties Union claims in the lawsuit that keeping a database of such information amounts to an illegal invasion of privacy.

The ACLU says Fairfax County Circuit Judge Grace Carroll denied the police department’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit Friday.

The decision came two days after a state trooper used a license-plate reader to identify the suspect in the slayings of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward. The ACLU says using a plate reader that way in a criminal investigation is proper, but routinely compiling data from law-abiding Virginians and sharing it among police agencies is not.

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