Calif. Panel OKs Bill To Limit Use Of License Plate Data

Law360, San Diego (April 24, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT) -- A bill seeking to limit how long California entities can hold onto data captured by license plate-scanning technology picked up enough votes to pass a Democrat-controlled state Senate panel Tuesday after the bill’s author excluded law enforcement agencies from the measure to focus exclusively on private companies.

The state Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 along party lines for S.B. 1330, introduced by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, which would restrict private firms from keeping data collected by license plate-recognition devices no longer than 60 days. Under...
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