By Associated Press - Friday, November 28, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Police pitch automatic license plate readers as the future of nabbing bad guys on the roads. By feeding thousands of license plates into a database every day, police can look for stolen cars and parking-ticket scofflaws.

But civil liberties advocates have sharply questioned the use of the license plate readers.

The Bulletin in Bend reports ( ) that Republican state Sen. Tim Knopp hopes to rein in the cameras with a bill that would limit how long police can retain the data captured by the cameras.

That can include photos and location information.

Some police departments delete their images after two years, while others, such as the Portland Police Bureau, hold on to them for up to four.


Information from: The Bulletin,

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