WakeLP Meetup: Big Brother is Watching

Don't Spy On Me

A recent series of articles in the Raleigh News & Observer detailed how a little-known company based in Georgia has deployed hundreds of roadside automated license plate reader cameras (“ALPRs”) in North Carolina that police can access to monitor who goes where and when, 24/7/365 with no warrant required. The data are recorded and stored for 30 days, so they can check on your movements retroactively.

Flock Safety has been doing business in North Carolina sine 2017 and now has contracts with at least 80 law enforcement entities here. Each of those departments has the option to share the data from their cameras with other agencies—both in NC and in other states—so in theory, the police can track your entire cross country road trip, from Manteo to Malibu.

Join us on Wednesday, 17 July at Tobacco Road (downtown Raleigh) as data scientist Andrew Wheeler walks us through the capabilities of the Flock system and discusses some of the pertinent public safety advantages and privacy concerns. Big brother is watching. The presentation will begin right at 7:30, but feel free to come a bit early to hang out. RSVP here

Libertarians advocate individual privacy and government transparency. We are committed to ending government’s practice of spying on everyone. We support the rights recognized by the Fourth Amendment to be secure in our persons, homes, property, and communications.

PARKING: If your bill comes to $15 or more, Tobacco Road will reimburse you for parking in the Powerhouse Square Parking Deck behind the restaurant. Ask for a parking voucher.

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