LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two privacy rights groups have filed a legal action against the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department asking a judge to order them to provide more details about their use of automated license plate readers.
The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed the writ Monday after waiting more than eight months for the departments to provide a complete response to their public records request.
The groups are seeking one week of data collected by the readers, which are mounted on police cars and scan thousands of license plates per officer shift. The readers alert law enforcement to stolen and wanted vehicles. Privacy advocates say the readers create a database that tracks movements of innocent people.