Homeowners in the Bay Area have begun installing solar-powered smart cameras in certain neighborhoods. The cameras automatically photograph every license plate that cross their paths, and the data can then be used to assist police in helping catch perpetrators of crimes such as break-ins, package thefts and street racing.
Though residents seem to be seeing success with the new technology, concerns have been raised over potential privacy violations. Organizations such as the ACLU argue that use of these cameras in the private sector lack proper regulation and are ripe for abuse of personal data.
We examine how the cameras access and store data, and whether there is cause for concern regarding personal privacy.