Washington House Bill 2566 – Authorizing the use of automated license plate recognition systems

Bill No.:
HB 2566
Bill Location:
WashingtonAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Authorizing the use of automated license plate recognition systems

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NMA Recommendation:

UPDATE January 4, 2021: Bill died in committee

HB 2566 was introduced to the House on January 15, 2020, and then referred to the Transportation Committee which held its first public hearing on January 30, 2020.

As the bill’s title indicates, passage of HB 2566 would allow the use of automated license plate readers (ALPR) in the state. The NMA opposes the use of ALPR, particularly when each of the following consumer privacy protections aren’t addressed fully and completely, something that this bill is deficient on:

  • It is unlawful for any business, individual, partnership, corporation, association, or state/local government non-law enforcement entity to use an ALPR system;
  • State or local law enforcement may use an ALPR system but only to compare collected license plate data with specific federal and state enforcement databases and only for flagging specific alleged offenses;
  • Captured license plate data shall be destroyed by the ALPR operator if the application for a disclosure order is denied or at the end of 14 days, whichever is later;
  • Certain entities authorized to use ALPR systems shall not sell, trade, or exchange captured license plate data for any purpose.

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