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ACLU opposes plan for license plate scanners

April 27, 2017
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is offering its opposition to Grand Rapids' plans to use license plate scanning technology for parking enforcement.

The ACLU of Michigan's western region unit reportedly sent a letter to city officials this week, saying that the scanners are another piece of surveillance technology that reduces "personal privacy rights and empowers the surveillance society."

The parking department is considering seeking bids for scanners to assist in checking to see whether parked cars have valid permits.

Department head Josh Naramore said the scanners automate a process that license plate checkers currently do manually.

WOOD TV reports that he told the city commission on Tuesday that information collected would be deleted after 24 hours and not shared with police or the federal government.

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