CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The North Carolina ACLU is joining the rest of the American Civil Liberties Union in raising concerns about license plate tracking cameras, including the ones police use.
ACLU officials told WSOC that there are no laws about what police can do with the license plate data they collect.
The ACLU said police can learn when a person arrives to work, where they go for lunch or if they stop by a bar on the way home.
A pending Senate bill would force police to get a search warrant before using or sharing the data.
Mike Meno with the North Carolina ACLU said personal information is none of the government’s business.
“We need some sensible safeguards to make sure people’s privacy is protected and that average citizens are not being monitored by the government simply because they can,” Meno said, according to WSOC.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials said the department deletes its data every six months.
Charlotte police told WSOC the system “has played a significant role in many investigations due to the retention period.”
The camera “does not conduct any type of query of the owner or driver,” police officials said.