ABQ Revises Policy On License Plate Readers

Aug 25, 2013

The city of Albuquerque says it will reduce the amount of time that it keeps information gathered from police license-plate readers from six months to 14 days.

The city announced the change on Friday after the newspaper made inquiries about license plate readers.

The readers consist of cameras mounted on police vehicles that automatically scan license plates and match the numbers against databases of stolen vehicles and people wanted for crimes.

The Albuquerque Police Department initially bought six automatic license plate readers in the summer of 2011. It now has seven.

Under the city's previous policy, information from the plate readers was stored in a city-owned database for six months. That database includes between 200,000 and 300,000 license plate numbers at any one time.


Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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