How are police departments using license plate reader technology? Your feedback is helping us find out

Over 100 additional requests related to police departments’ use of automated license plate recognition technology (ALPR) have been submitted to government agencies identified by MuckRock readers as needing further scrutiny.

In November, MuckRock and the Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a crowdsourcing campaign within our ongoing project to access and study information on the ways that agencies are gathering and sharing ALPR data, and we asked our audience to help. We opened up an Assignment to ask our readers which of their hometowns should be transparent about using this recent development in surveillance technology. Thanks to the contributions of dozens of individuals, we now have access to the data sharing reports and policies in communities from Bridgewater Township, New Jersey to Schaumburg, Illinois and Longboat Key, Florida.