EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 13, 2014

Letter: License-plate readers are wrong for New Hampshire


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Big Brother and he wants to use license-plate readers throughout the state of New Hampshire.

Today’s license-plate reader could turn into tomorrow’s individually issued robot to keep watch over you. Anyone see the movie “Minority Report”?

License-plate readers are an invasion of privacy and recipe for disastrous waste of taxpayer money. After the expensive program launched in Boston, it was shut down when challenged over privacy concerns and because a police department released approximately 68,000 license plate numbers that tripped license-plate reader alarms to a newspaper, in error.

Taxpayers would be paying for the government to track themselves and store the information. A quick search on the Internet and one can find many reasons why this is bad -- invasive, wasteful spending, strain on police resources, and erosion of liberty, to name a few. Who knows who could access this information? Many companies would pay handsomely to know a person’s travel habits and whereabouts.

Please call your representatives and ask them to vote no on HB 675.

“At first the captured plate data was used just to check against lists of cars law enforcement hoped to locate for various reasons,” ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote on the nonprofit group’s website Wednesday morning. “But increasingly, all of this data is being fed into massive databases that contain the location information of many millions of innocent Americans stretching back for months or even years.”

Carla Mora

Plaistow