18 Alerts From the LICENSE PLATES Tag


Profiteering from Surveillance: NMA E-Newsletter #369

Our discussion of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) often focuses on the threat the technology poses to motorist privacy as well as on the ways to limit that threat.   And for good reason. With enough ALPRs, authorities can track the day-to-day movements of everyone who drives a car. By storing and mining that data, they […]

NMA E-Newsletter #330: About ‘About Us’

Most websites, particularly those offering a product or service, have an About Us section. That is where curious online viewers can learn more about the website sponsor, albeit through a controlled narrative. For an advocacy organization like the NMA, About Us can serve multiple purposes. It can inform those who are thinking about becoming a […]

NMA E-Newsletter #326: We Must Stop National ALPR Push Now!

We predicted it would happen. A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic […]

NMA E-Newsletter #299: When it Comes to Privacy, You Get What’s Coming to You

The phrase “reasonable expectation of privacy” pops up a lot when discussing issues related to motorists and privacy. But what does it mean, and how does it apply to the daily business of driving? A reasonable expectation of privacy exists if 1) you have an expectation of privacy in a given situation and 2) your […]

NMA E-Newsletter #287: 2014 Second Quarter Legislative Update

The NMA continues to advocate for motorists’ rights at the national, state and local level. Legislatures across the country took up a broad range of motorists’ issues in the second quarter of 2014. Here’s a brief summary of the driving-related issues we addressed. California Supported Senate Bill 893 which would strengthen privacy protections pertaining to […]