Committee of 100 Tracks License Plate Scanning Debate

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Provided by Prince William County of 100

On Thursday, November 20 the Prince William Committee of 100 will host its monthly dinner and program at 7 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden 10800 Vandor Ln, Manassas, VA 20109. The title of the program is “License Plate Scanning:  Do you care about privacy rights?” The program’s panelists will explore the issue of license plate scanning and the increase in public safety versus infringement upon individual privacy. The public is invited to attend. Dinner is $25 for members and $30 for non-members, RSVP required, however, guests are invited to attend the program only at 7:45 p.m.

Earnie Porta, former Mayor of the Town of Occoquan will moderate the forum and panelists include Rich Anderson, 51st District Delegate of the Virginia General Assembly; Claire Guthrie Castaňaga, Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia; Steve Hudson, Chief of the Prince William County Police Department, and Doug Scott, Chief of the Arlington County Police Department.

The purpose of this program and panel discussion is to explore public opinion on the use of technologies, such as license plate scanning, that may increase public safety while infringing upon individual privacy.  How much these technologies infringe upon public privacy and what limits should be placed on their use are questions to be explored. This topic has also been the focus of several Washington Post articles.

Legislation to regulate Virginia police use of license plate reader data, originally proposed by Delegate Rich Anderson (house patron and first to identify the issue) and Virginia Senator Chap Peterson (senate patron) for the 2014 session, has been shelved for a year.  After consulting with law enforcement, Anderson and Peterson decided to work collaboratively with stakeholders to develop public policy that adequately addresses the public safety and privacy issues.   Several meetings are scheduled before the 2015 Virginia Legislative session to explore this issue with stakeholders and the public.  Because Northern VA is the biggest user of these technologies, Delegate Anderson and his Co-Sponsor, Senator Chap Peterson would like to present all sides and get a sense of how the Northern Virginia community feels about this issue. The results of this panel discussion will be used to help craft legislation during the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly.  

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Founded in 1988, the Prince William Committee of 100 provides non-partisan, educational forums to study essential interests, problems and goals of the people of Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park.


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