Notes from the Electronic Cottage 9/10/20: CBP & License Plate Readers

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Maine is the only state that borders only one other state, which means that we have very long national borders with the ocean and with Canada. That, in turn, means that most, if not all of Maine, is within 100 miles of a US national border, and that fact gives the Customs and Border Protection Agency the ability to do a lot of things in the name of border protection that would not happen beyond that 100 mile border. One of those things is the ability to use license plate reader technology on any car on Maine roads without any warrant or warning. CBP’s recent “Privacy Impact Assessment for the CBP License Plate Reader Technology” describes the risks to our personal privacy of that program. The link is here It’s worth reading. Here’s why.