SACRAMENTO (AP) — The state Senate on Wednesday was considering a bill that would place some restrictions on vehicle-tracking technology to protect people’s privacy.
Lawmakers began voting on SB893 by Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, but it fell short of the 21 votes needed during an initial round.READ MORE: New $500M Skyscraper Proposed For Sunset Blvd. In Hollywood
“The right to privacy is older than the Bill of Rights,” Hill said.
The high-speed camera technology is primarily employed by law enforcement agencies that use the license plate readers to track criminals. For example, Hill said the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was able to recover 495 stolen vehicles in the first month of using the system.READ MORE: Buy Them Now: Shoppers Urged To Get A Jump On The Holidays Due To Global Shipping Problems
But Hill said there have been instances of abuse, including a police officer who tracked a woman he met on duty. Hill said the cameras provide a useful crime-fighting tool, “but technology is evolving faster than law.”
Law enforcement groups expressed concern that the bill would hurt their ability to fight crime. The bill in its current form states that data collected through the systems cannot be the only reason for establishing probable cause to obtain a search or arrest warrant.
Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said she would support the bill with the expectation that revisions will be made to strike a better balance between privacy and law enforcement.MORE NEWS: LA County Sheriff's Employee Killed, Woman Hurt After Vintage Sports Car Careens Into Pole In Temple City
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