Myths vs Facts About ALPR

MythsvsFacts

MYTH: LPR data can be used to track you or
other ordinary citizens.

FACT: You and every other citizen are protected
by the Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) which
restricts connecting an LPR photo to information
about the registered owner of the vehicle. It is not
legal for a person to disclose license plate recognition
information in a manner that is not authorized by law or rule.

MYTH: LPR data does not help in solving crimes and saving lives and does not help me or my family.

FACT: Law enforcement data shows that LPR helps to solve crimes and save lives every day. You and your family are all protected by LPR.

MYTH: Proposed laws limiting how long LPR data can be stored will protect my privacy.

FACT: A license plate only contains numbers and letters – not personally identifiable info. The license plate reader photographs the numbers and letters and does not identify the owner or driver of the vehicle. Pending legislative proposal prevent law enforcement from using technology to solve crimes and protect you and your family. A far better approach is to put strong LPR data access requirements in place. To prevent misuse and stalking, LPR data captured by law enforcement should be protected data and not subject of the Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests. These proposals prevent law enforcement from using technology to protect you and your family. A far better approach is to put strong LPR data access requirements in place by extending the DPPA to cover LPR data.