As License-Plate Tracking Increases, Privacy Advocates Press for More Regulation

"Nevertheless, there are some avenues for reform. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers grants for states to buy ALPRs for “highway safety” and Catherine Crump, associate director of Berkeley Law’s Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic, says the federal government could require states to adopt official ALPR policies as a condition of receiving those funds. The agency requires grant recipients to audit their usage of the readers to ensure that the technology is not abused; enforcement mechanisms include “administrative remedies” that could bar grantees from receiving future funding. When this reporter asked if the NHTSA would consider requiring departments to design ALPR-specific policies as a condition of grant funding, an agency spokesman said that decision would be up to Congress."