or this will make Phillip's head explode - and perhaps rightfully so. . .
So here's the gist of the story: the Minneapolis police use automated license plate readers which scan and read virtually every plate that any patrol car passes, whether parked or on the road. If they run across a plate associated with a warrant or if the car doesn't have insurance the plate reader alerts the officer. There is some controversy over this use. But here's the kicker, in Minnesota, they store the data of all the plates whether there is any offense associated with the plate or not, and they store the location of where the plate was scanned. So now the database is capable of tracking the movements of your vehicle.
But it gets worse, in Minnesota at least. All of this data is public record. Anybody can go down to the courthouse and access the file on any car or individual. Seriously WTF Minneapolis???
The story is worth listening too.