Feds Are Spying on Millions of Cars With License Plate Readers

We've known for a long time that federal authorities have a lot of license plate readers at their disposal, some of which they surely use for nefarious purposes. However, new details have emerged that show exactly how nefarious those purposes are. Does secretly spying on millions of Americans and seizing property… »1/27/15 10:40am1/27/15 10:40am

Homeland Security Wants To Build a System To Track Every License Plate

Coming not even a month after the official implementation of the Real ID program (which some have likened to a National ID card), The Washington Post has discovered that the Department of Homeland Security is currently working on a National License Plate Recognition (NLPR) database. Although from the looks of it,… »2/19/14 11:04am2/19/14 11:04am

The Government Uses License Plate Scanners to Track Your Every Move

Automatic license plate readers are the most widespread location tracking technology you’ve probably never heard of. Mounted on patrol cars or stationary objects like bridges, they snap photos of every passing car, recording their plate numbers, times, and locations. At first the captured plate data was used just to… »7/17/13 12:45pm7/17/13 12:45pm

How Automated License Plate Readers Threaten Our Privacy

Law enforcement agencies are increasingly using sophisticated cameras, called “automated license plate readers” or ALPR, to scan and record the license plates of millions of cars across the country. These cameras, mounted on top of patrol cars and on city streets, can scan up to 1,800 license plate per minute, day or… »5/07/13 6:43am5/07/13 6:43am

So This Is How Kids Play The License Plate Game These Days

Everyone's played the license plate game, but has anyone actually ever won? As in actually spotted plates from all 50 states? How did we ever even keep track? Well now there's a way, with State Plate, a gorgeous iPad app that turns your tablet into a touchable scorecard for the classic road trip pastime. It's got some… »3/07/11 10:40am3/07/11 10:40am

Geek License Plates Show Just How Geeky the Road Can Get (Very)

While this »8/25/08 3:00pm8/25/08 3:00pm is by far our favorite geek vanity plate, we don't pretend that others don't exist. And frankly, if I pulled up behind someone repping a wireless radio standard for all to see on the back of their Hyundai, I think there's a great chance I might spit-take my Big Gulp and risk a rear impact collison. And…