The ATE Racket Report is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. We want to bring the issues of automated traffic enforcement to our supporters in a more coherent up-to-date fashion.
Compiled by NMA Foundation Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn.
Headlines from July 13 – 19, 2019
- Revealed: This Is Palantir’s Top-Secret User Manual for Cops
- FBI and ICE unleash facial recognition on DMV databases
- Is your face in a database? The controversial facial recognition technology uniting Congress
- How ICE Used Facial Recognition Technology to Comb through State Driver’s License Databases
- Opinion: Law enforcement must recognize pitfalls of facial recognition technology
- Here’s where the US government is using facial recognition technology to surveil Americans (with map)
- Before being hacked, ALPR Border Surveillance Firm lobbied to downplay security and privacy concerns
- A Radar to Watch You in Your Car
- The Self-Driving Car Is a Surveillance Tool
- Why Drive-Thru Restaurants Want to Track Your License Plate
- Ecuador, France, Germany, Russia: Speed Cameras Scrapped
- Australia: ‘World-first Big Brother Sydney traffic cameras capturing drivers’ private information’ spark privacy concerns
- British Columbia will soon turn 35 existing cameras into speed-on-green cams
- UK: Anger after motorists caught out by ‘faulty’ speed camera
- San Mateo Dumps Red-Light Cameras
- San Mateo, CA police chief retires, says her departure was unrelated to red-light camera problems
- Denver-area neighborhoods are installing license plate readers to record every vehicle that passes by
- Florida airport to install second license plate reader
- Orlando TV news investigates thousands of red-light camera dismissals
- Florida: Dismissals signal need to revisit red-light camera law
- State Assemblyman threatens legal action against NYC’s school zone speed camera program
- Suffolk drivers call out legislators over ‘outrageous’ red-light camera program
- Final Order Issued In Speed Camera Refund Case
- Traffic cameras remain in some Northeast Ohio villages, as court battle plays out
- Howland discontinued speed cameras July 1 after change in state law
- Parma Heights turns off traffic cameras, waits for court ruling
- Speed camera case against Girard, OH moves forward
- When you’re caught speeding in this Pennsylvania town, police get a text message with a picture of your car
Commentary from NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker
Electronic surveillance techniques are expanding faster than the means to fight them.
The anger over Suffolk County, NY’s red-light camera racket boiled over at a recent public hearing. But officials still defend the predatory for-profit racket. It will likely take voting out camera supporters among county officials to end the cash grab scam that raised crash rates by almost 60%.
A few Ohio cities and villages are ending ticket camera rackets in the wake of losing state funds in the amount of the camera loot taken in. Others are fighting the new law in the courts.
James C. Walker is a life member of the National Motorists Association. He is also a board member and executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation.