ACLU opposes Grand Rapids’ plans for license plate scanners

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/FOX 17) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is offering its opposition to Grand Rapids’ plans to use license plate scanning technology for parking enforcement.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the ACLU of Michigan’s western region unit sent a letter to city officials this week saying that the scanners are another piece of surveillance technology that reduces “personal privacy rights and empowers the surveillance society.”

The parking department is considering seeking bids for scanners to assist in checking to see whether parked cars have valid permits.

Department head Josh Naramore says the scanners automate a process that license plate checkers currently do manually and would cut down on staffing costs.

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  • Old Bob

    The American Civil Liberties Union is composed of what I would consider nut cakes.

    If you haven’t done anything wrong, what difference does it make if someone is watching.

    If someone wasn’t watching last week when Arendia Ford flipped out at the party store and decided to trash it. Do you think she would be in custody now. Some people need watching, all the time.