City of Orange license trackers are the latest Orwellian fad – Orange County Register

In the 1958 crime thriller “A Touch of Evil,” Charlton Heston’s character says, “A policeman’s job is only easy in a police state.” » This is worth remembering whenever the government attempts to facilitate surveillance of the population by law enforcement. We all want to help police officers track down criminals, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of everyone’s civil liberties.

The latest crime-fighting trend is for cities to install license plate trackers in public places. The Orange City Council recently unanimously voted to spend $400,000 to install 43 license plate cameras and 13 video cameras throughout the city. Orange has joined a growing list of Southern California cities to adopt this simplified enforcement model.

Police emphasize the usefulness of cameras in solving crimes. But in its assessment of such systems nationwide, the ACLU found that “such cases represent only a tiny fraction of license plate scans, and too many police departments store millions of records on innocent drivers.” Authorities promise to use the data wisely, but they are governed by few rules.

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