License plate readers to be installed around Washington, DC

If you drive in DC, your license plate will be read by automated cameras and license plate readers, coming very soon. DC Parking control has been using these things for years to get tows and boots on scofflaws, but now the DCPD is going to start using them to look for terrorists.

The new project is much broader, installing cameras on about 160 police vehicles and at 40 fixed sites, such as airports or highway entrances, officials say. It appears to be one of the most extensive license reading systems in the nation, according to privacy experts.

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