Across the nation private companies and municipalities are using license plate reading for all kinds of applications. Like any technology it has both its benefits and hidden perils. Approximately 70% of all police departments in America have deployed some form of LPR.
License plate reading technology has been used by police department as well as state and city government. A number of the toll collection platforms on highways have incorporated license plate readers alongside automated electronic toll gathering systems.
How the system works
The system often consists of a camera and a computer system. The cameras are either fixed to a stationary object; perhaps you have seen them yourself near traffic lights. The other type are mobile and are mounted to police cars, tow trucks and an increasing number of privately owned vehicles including taxi cabs. The camera image is taken and the computer software attempts to locate the license plate in the image. The system then attempts to read the plate and instantly sends the plate number, the direction of travel, the global position along with the time and date of the image.
Perhaps you have seen the kiosk. Simply enter your plate number and pay for parking. the system then automates enforcement. Either fixed camera on poles or mobile units check the cars in the lot and identify if parking has been paid or not. The systems generally reduce the human error and many of them share the data with other systems.
Information for sale
There are police department that have systems that are local to them for storage along with cloud systems that also sell the information to third parties. TransUnion the credit reporting company sells plate location information including images and geo location maps detailing where any plate in the system has traveled.
TransUnion sells information for $10 each
- current to 30 days
- 30 to 90 days
- over 90 days
Although it attempts to state that it is a regulated company the information violates many state information laws.
Lookup up the owner
The plate information is not as confidential as you might think some internet companies also sell who owns license plates. Many of the companies on the internet are actually fronts for much larger corporations. It is likely that the data is provided by Acxiom, however opting out of marketing information will not remove your plate. In my opinion this is yet another example of Brokers attempting to get regulation in place. Since 2013 brokers have been placing all kinds of information on the internet. The intention is to shock the general public to demand that politicians to act. This will allow the brokers to keep the information. legislation will do us more harm than good. Your name is your property demand that your name not be used.
Data brokers have no right to your information and even these large organizations know that. Demand that Transunion Remove your information.
The link will allow to you opt out of only some marketing offers this information would not fall under marketing.
In order to remove yourself from the other services you will need to send them two letters. You can use the Transunion cease and desist letter or create your own. The certified mail system will prove that you sent the letter if there are problems.
555 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60661–3614
You might also want to send copy of the letter to
TransUnion Name Removal Option
P.O. Box 505
Woodlyn, PA 19094