This is CRAZY!
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published an in-depth article that I can hardly believe. Apparently “No Cost” License Plate Readers Are Turning Texas Police into Mobile Debt Collectors and Data Miners for unpaid municipal fines. If that weren’t bad enough: getting pulled over due to an outstanding municipal fine results in a bit of a Faustian bargain — pay the fine, now with a 25% “fee” attached or be arrested. Oh, and according to the EFF article, that extra 25% “fee” goes entirely to Vigilant Solutions, the license plate reader vendor.
@EFF tweeted about it here:
Protect and Serve becomes Stop and Swipe when Texas cops combine credit card readers with license plate readers. https://t.co/SgLWnXx61k
— EFF (@EFF) January 26, 2016
@VigilantSol have you no decency?