In a blog post for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Dave Maass writes that California lawmakers rejected an amendment to state law that would have allowed drivers to shield their license plates when parked. The bill was introduced as a measure to counteract the adoption of automated license-plate readers, which can reveal sensitive location data. The privacy bill, S.B 712, was initially introduced under bipartisan support, but the state senate ultimately rejected the measure after lobbying from law enforcement groups. Maass writes, “Privacy on our roadways is one of the most pressing issues in transit policy,” adding that lawmakers need to find a solution to protect drivers from ALPR location-data mining.
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