Submit a comment to keep the license plate reader data public!
After the City of Minneapolis submitted an application to temporarily classify the data as “non-public”, new ALPR data has not been released to anyone. Some of us were able to get the 2.1 million record thumb drive right before this reclassification but none of that data goes past November 29th. We are no longer able to properly monitor how the City is using or misusing the license plate reader data if they keep it private!
Luckily, there is an opportunity to submit a comment to voice oppposition against this application. The State of Minnesota’s IPAD division is requesting public comments until January 30, 2013 on the City of Minneapolis’ application to reclassify license plate data as “non-public”.
Instructions from IPAD on how to submit a public comment:
The Commissioner has determined the application to have statewide applicability and notice will be published next Monday in the December 31, 2012 edition of the State Register. If you wish to submit comments on the application, please do so by January 30, 2013. You can submit your comments to:
Mail: IPAD, 201 Administration Building, 50 Sherburne Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155
Remember, the City is still collecting the license plate data even if it is now “non-public”. This application does not end the license plate storage or retention policy by the City. The government is still watching you and collecting the “800,000” reads a month of license plates without any accountability now. I’m sure they will want to hear from those of us who would like to keep the data public! The owner of this blog plans to submit a letter and will post it on the blog within the next week as an example.
Why shouldn’t we also be able to watch them back? Don’t keep the police state hidden!