Friday, October 06, 2023

Right To privacy in America, Surely you Jest.

 Phoenix, AZ—Your cellphones give away your whereabouts however that data is easy to obtain or more difficult depending on how cavalier or careless you are with giving permissions. 

Much of our credit information, utility records are available to almost anyone.  Court, property and tax information is public record.  They only require a freedom of information request to the appropriate government agencies.  Dog, hunting, fishing licenses along with gun permits are often public records depending on the jurisdictions. Professional business licenses are always public information.  I’ve only given you a few of the records that invade your privacy and there are many more. 

Have I frightened you yet?  In the last couple of decades the technology of LPR’s has provided an interesting invasion of your private activities.  LPR stands  for, license plate readers.  Currently all over the nation there are privately owned stationary and moving cameras collecting license plate images with date time and exact location.   That information is collected and sold.  Publishing that data is actually protected by the first amendment of the United States Constitution.

I can submit a plate number with State of issue and get a list of bread crumb trail locations where its image was captured.  Law enforcement heavily employs the technology with their own cameras.  

The stark reality here is you can run but you can’t hide. 

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