Dave Maass is an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a group that describes itself as defending civil liberties in the digital world.

Maass said automatic license plate readers are high-speed cameras that, in this case, will be mounted on police cars. They take photographs of the license plates and track where the license plate was read, to then turn into text for searching databases with information on stolen cars, outstanding warrants or fines.

“As you’re driving around, you can maybe spot people,” he says. “The bigger thing overall is to collect locational points on everybody and you’re able to put into this system and you’re able to predict where people are…. It’s a mass surveillance technology.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Texas Standard