A California legislative committee approved a sweeping inquiry into law enforcement’s use of license plate readers, Courthouse News Service reports. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union initiated the audit request after investigations uncovered security flaws with law enforcement cameras. Democratic State Sen. Scott Wiener said the audit is not intended to ban the technology but to investigate reports that license plate data is being given to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. In a public records request, the ACLU found ICE has access to license plate data maintained by Vigilant Solutions. The audit will focus on five agencies in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno and is expected to be completed within seven months.
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