Colorado town installing robots to track citizens via license plates

By Matt Connelly
black and gray camera on tripod on road during daytime

A Colorado town has announced it will start using solar powered robots to track its own citizens’ movements apparently without any regard for privacy rights. 

The town of Lafayette will be soon be using stationary automatic license plate readers according to a new report by CBS Denver. 

“They take vehicle and license information, in an effort to locate stolen cars or people with warrants. Police say no speed information is collected,” according to the news report. 

The readers also collect information on everyday Coloradans who have committed no crime and are under no suspicion of committing any crime according to the ACLU of Colorado. 

“The information captured by the readers — including the license plate number and the date, time, and location of every scan — is being collected and sometimes pooled into regional sharing systems. As a result, enormous databases of innocent motorists’ location information are growing rapidly. This information is often retained for years, or even indefinitely, with few or no restrictions to protect privacy rights,” the ACLU says on its website according to CBS. 

Any Campfire Colorado readers in Lafayette interested in attending a meeting on the subject will be able to on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lafayette Police headquarters, located at 451 North 111th Street in the community room.

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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.