CA Anti-ALPR Law Passes Committee

Sacramento, CA – March 28, 2012 – With five votes Yea, three votes Nay and one No Vote, California’s anti-ALPR law moves to the Judiciary Committee and one step closer to becoming law.

After appeasing California law enforcement associations that testified that ALPR gathered data helps provide leads to solving crimes and locating stolen vehicles, California’s SB 1330 introduced by California Senator Joe Simitian (D – Palo Alto) passed Committee and is one step away from outlawing the use of ALPR equipment and acquired data in the state of California for any person outside of law enforcement.

While concessions were made to allow law enforcement to maintain data “not more than 60 days, except in circumstances when the data is being used as evidence or for all felonies being investigated, including, but not limited to, auto theft, homicides, kidnapping, burglaries, elder and juvenile abductions, Amber Alerts, and Blue Alerts.” Crucial provisions outlawing ALPR data use to persons outside of law enforcement maintain in the bill.

2413.7., (2) The person shall not sell LPR data for any purpose and shall

not make the data available to an agency or person that is not a law

enforcement agency or an individual who is not a law enforcement

officer.

8.(c) A person whose information is sold or disclosed in violation

of this section may bring a civil action and shall be entitled to

recover any and all consequential and incidental damages, including

all costs and attorney’s fees.

A scheduling date for the Judiciary Committee vote has not yet been scheduled.

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