(USA Today) Police are recording and storing information on millions of license plates that aren’t related to suspected violation of the law or any known activity of interest to law enforcement, according to data collected by the American Civil Liberties Union through Freedom of Information requests in 38 states.

The license-plate scanners look like video cameras and generally are mounted in pairs on either rear fender, the trunk or the roof of police cars and parking enforcement vehicles. Some are mounted in stationary locations, such as road signs or bridges.

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