Sarah Glenn

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Big Brother in Riverside

Written By: admin - Oct• 08•12

Let’s play a little game.

Put your license plate number in here and see if the Riverside Sherif’s Department has been tracking you:

Riverside County (the county just south of San Bernardino) captures images of license plates and puts them in a database to track where you were and when. And it’s not just the law enforcement folks who are doing this either, according to the Wall Street Journal blog. Private companies are getting in on the action too. The WSJ’s full article was interesting and you can read it here.

As you can see from my website, my life is an open book. If I think I’ll be ashamed of where I have been or what I have done, then I won’t do it in the first place.

About 2.2 million people live in Riverside County. About 6 million plates have been scanned. The sheriff’s 49 camera-equipped vehicles scanned about 2 million unique plates, according to the Wall Street Journal. The average plate in the database was scanned three times over the two-year period. Less than 1% of plates were tracked extensively—hundreds of times, and occasionally thousands. numbers have been collected over the past two years alone.

Our little foray into Riverside County hasn’t landed us on their database yet. But beware Southern Californians: you might want to watch out the next time you try to inconspicuously roll into Riverside.

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