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
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.