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Man Sues Florida City Over Cameras Recording Data From License Plates

A Coral Gables, Florida, man is suing the city over the use of cameras that record data from license plates. (Video via CBS Miami)

By    |   Friday, 26 October 2018 10:10 AM

A Florida man is suing the city of Coral Gables over how officials are using the data collected from the license-plate-reading cameras placed in and around his neighborhood, WFOR-TV reported Thursday.

Raul Mas Canosa said the companies behind the cameras are "not really in the business of security" but instead in the "data mining business" and cashing in by tracking motorists' movements.

Mas Canosa filed a lawsuit accusing the city of "surreptitiously" tracking, recording, collecting and aggregating the "personal and private activities of its citizens and visitors, without any prior suspicion of wrongdoing," WFOR noted.

The legal document further notes that the city "shares this data with a private vendor, who sells it to still other governmental entities."

Mas Canosa said that information is sold to insurance companies, banks and other institutions that have a vested interest in where motorists commute each day.

It is not a new accusation. The topic has been a long-standing issue that has received the support of many organizations in the past.

The American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the use of automatic license plate readers, stating that the data collected and "sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems" was an invasion of privacy.

The non-profit organization noted that there were growing databases containing the personal details of motorists, which are retained for years and offer few or no restrictions to protect privacy rights.

On the other hand, NetChoice said lawmakers were targeting specific technology when they should be focusing on technology-neutral behavior.

Responding to Mas Canosa's lawsuit, the Coral Gables' city attorney said the lawsuit includes "numerous factual inaccuracies about the City's ALPR program and the legal claims that the complaint asserts are also contrary to well-established case law," WFOR reported.

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