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ACLU concerned about license plate scanners


The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned about technology being used by police departments across the country.

Automated license plate scanners are on police cars, bridges and buildings, and captures images of passing or parked cars.

The ACLU says it's a lot of personal data being stored by local police departments and stricter rules are needed.

The technology is something the South Bend Police Department is looking to buy.

But Captain Phil Trent says it will be used to track stolen vehicles and the public has nothing to worry about.

"We're interested in getting the information, using what we can to find wanted or stolen property and as soon as we get it, in a reasonable amount of time, clear the memory banks," says Trent.

Trent says the department is always careful not to infringe on Constitutional Rights.

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