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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: May 23, 2017 03:01 PM
From: Representative Greg Rothman and Rep. Robert F. Matzie
To: All House members
Subject: Co-sponsorship of Legislation-Automated License Plate Reader Privacy
In the near future, we will introduce legislation which provides restrictions on the use of data collected from automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs).

The debate last year over the issue of whether or not to eliminate the registration stickers on vehicles brought these types of devices into public knowledge, their use will continue to grow especially now that the sticker has been eliminated. There are already a handful of entities in Pennsylvania using these ALPRs, and unfortunately they’re not all being used by police. Some parking authorities and other non-law enforcement entities have started to utilize their capabilities.

Our concern isn’t whether or not to use ALPRs to collect the data since they can be an invaluable tool for law enforcement, but rather the right to have the information of Pennsylvanians kept private if they are doing nothing wrong. The provisions in our bill will include who can use ALPRs, how the data can be collected, and how long the data can be stored among other things. Also, our bill will disallow for the use of ALPRs for passive surveillance, and not allow the information gathered from ALPRs subject to the Right to Know Law. This legislation is similar to HB 2196 that was introduced in 2016 and was reported from the House Transportation Committee late last September. Unfortunately, time ran out on the Legislative session before it could be considered by the full House.

Please join us in sponsoring this important piece of legislation to protect the privacy of Pennsylvania’s law abiding citizens.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Introduced as HB1811