[ba-liberty] Re: libertarian analyses of license plate cams?

  • From: Joe Dehn <jwd3@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: ba-liberty@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2021 16:29:06 -0700

On 2021-09-21 16:18, Starchild wrote:

While such data collection is not
itself un-libertarian, such data, once collected, may be turned over
to government actors, whether voluntarily or otherwise, and then
become a tool of oppression.

Note also that the whole idea of "license plates" comes from government. So if a private actor scans license plates and then delivers information based on that back to the government, government was involved throughout the entire process.

Of course it's possible that an entirely private road system might also have something analogous to license plates -- but very likely not in as easily-readable form. And in the long run, scanning specifically for license plates probably won't be a very important issue, because a combination of enough cameras and AI will make it almost as easy to track vehicles without relying on them.

But still, the general principle remains -- government is _both_ a facilitator of tracking (by requiring various kinds of identification for many different purposes) _and_ a potentially-dangerous consumer of tracking information.

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