So now they make license plate readers to save police time and effort:
When the city of San Leandro, Calif., purchased a license-plate reader for its police department in 2008, computer security consultant Michael Katz-Lacabe asked the city for a record of every time the scanners had photographed his car.I was sympathetic until I read that he had a Prius.
The results shocked him.
The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift. Katz-Lacabe said it had photographed his two cars on 112 occasions, including one image from 2009 that shows him and his daughters stepping out of his Toyota Prius in their driveway.
More big brother? Well yeah but it also gave me an idea. Seems to me that once Google perfects driverless cars, you could turn on your cell phone, (thus getting NSA's attention) toss it into your car - that has been programmed to drive in circles around your local police station. (thus trying up and confusing the locals) Then stream a Sarah Palin press conference on your computer. (Getting the attention of the IRS and Homeland Security) And Voila! You're free to roam the streets like a free citizen again, just like grandpa used to do.