Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR): How Long Should the Data Retention Period Be?

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR), also known as Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), is quickly becoming an efficient and effective tool for law enforcement agencies to assist police officers in identifying vehicles that are uninsured, stolen, or driven by someone without a license or prohibited from driving. It is also used by law enforcement to control access to restricted areas, to patrol international borders, and, in some parts of the world, as a counter-terrorism measure. This technology is considered so effective that, in 2007, the International Association of Chiefs of Police passed a resolution encouraging jurisdictions everywhere to adopt and implement the technology.


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