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Oklahoma Quietly Launched a Mass Surveillance Program to Track Uninsured Drivers
by Ella Fassler
Posted June 7, 2021
Cash-strapped governments are turning to tech that converts cameras into automated license plate readers to penalize uninsured drivers
Revenue-driven, movement-regulating policing expanded following the Great Recession. With tech companies already capitalizing on Covid-strained budgets, and alarming rates of poverty in the United States, it’s not difficult to imagine the rise of ALPRs as widespread debt collection tools. Some police departments in nearby Texas have been well on their way. In 2015, Texas passed a law allowing police to use ALPRs in their patrol vehicles to track people down who owe court fines.
According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ALPR company Vigilant Solutions provided some departments with free cameras and charged drivers processing fees as high 25% — on top of court fees — when they were pulled over. A BuzzFeed News investigation found that the number of jailed debtors exploded with the arrival of ALPR-assisted debt farming. Both enforcement costs and revenue from fines increased. More…
Surveillance of citizens has become big business and the use of surveillance is rapidly increasing.
What will happen when the 5G network is fully in place and there are connected cameras everywhere with no way to escape the web of surveillance? Perhaps that automated speed trap will even automatically deduct the fine from your account…….., for your convenience.