Brickbat: Virginia Isn't for Lovers of Privacy


Virginia's Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that barred the Fairfax Police Department from using automatic license plate scanners. The Supreme Court ruled that because the system doesn't include personal information such as phone numbers or addresses it doesn't violate the state's privacy law. The court noted that law enforcement can cross-reference license plate data with other databases to obtain such information. But because that other data isn't part of the license plate scanner data it isn't illegal.

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  8. Virginia has never been transparent about police. They only recently allowed civilian review boards.

  9. They also don’t allow vanity plates in VA that contain even mildly offensive words in foreign languages. Apparently all requests are searched

  10. California scans your license plate to send you the toll bill when you cross the Golden Gate bridge. If the DMV doesn’t have your current address, you get hit with a hefty fine for late payment when the bill is forwarded.

    1. It’s against the law not to keep the DMV up to date, you know.
      Consider the late fees a fine for not telling them you moved.

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  12. If the code displayed on a license plate were subject to privacy laws, you could be prosecuted for looking at one. Writing down the plate number of whoever pulled a hit & run on you would be enough to convict you of violating those laws.

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  15. And that will never be abused by police. It certainly won’t be used to track spouses trying to get away from cops who have a long history of spousal abuse.

  16. Virginians sure aren’t living up to their state motto.

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