11 Alerts From the ACLU Tag


Fourth Amendment Wins in the Baltimore Plane Surveillance Case: NMA E-Newsletter #654

“Allowing the police to wield this power unchecked is anathema to the values enshrined in our Fourth Amendment,” wrote Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals Chief Judge Roger Gregory in late June. The case, Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle v. Baltimore Police Department, involved the use of aerial surveillance that continuously tracked and monitored the […]

ALPRs win the Day in the Virginia Supreme Court: NMA E-Newsletter #623

Automatic License Plate Readers or ALPRs can detail a motorist’s comings and goings without any thought of whether the person driving is suspected of nefarious activity. Some motorists around the country are challenging ALPR tracking in court. The latest dispatch comes from Virginia. In 2015, motorist Harrison Neal started his legal battle over the Fairfax […]

What’s Next for Motorists’ Rights—Part 1: NMA E-Newsletter #597

The need to advocate for motorists’ rights has grown during the time of COVID. NMA members need to be more vigilant than ever in home communities and home states. This newsletter is a two-parter and comes from what we see trending nationally. This week, we look at speed limits, automated traffic enforcement, and street surveillance. […]

A Car’s Black Box and a City’s ALPR Program Put to the Test in two Different Courts: NMA E-Newsletter #566

Two motorists recently won Fourth Amendment decisions. Both cases will likely be appealed, and will have major privacy rights implications for how and where we drive our vehicles. ALPRs in Florida Raul Mas Canosa was mad and decided he wasn’t going to take it anymore. The city where he lives, Coral Gables, Florida, tracked his […]

Law Enforcement is Using License Plate Readers to “Grid” Entire Neighborhoods: NMA E-Newsletter #554

By guest writer Joe Cadillic of the MassPrivatel Blog What does gridding mean? The Arizona Mirror recently described it this way: “As part of the training for the ALPR (automated license plate readers) systems, Chandler police officers are taught to “grid” neighborhoods during their downtime – systematically driving up and down every street in an area, indiscriminately […]

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