What a coincidence. The day Rep. John Pezold of Fortson drops his bill to limit the amount of time law enforcement can retain records obtained by license plate readers, The Wall Street Journal has this on its front page:
Rep. Pezold’s bill, House Bill 93, would limit the amount of time that information gathered by license plate readers operated by law enforcement agencies. Right now, there’s no limit to the amount of time that information can be retained.
Pezold tells me he’s seen other states with limits as short as 48 hours. Some require immediate destruction of the data if a lookup of the plate number doesn’t show evidence of a crime.
Pezold’s bill as filed won’t apply to the federal government, though. In his bill, a law enforcement agency is:
the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Transportation, and any other state or local public agency that is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime, local government code enforcement, and the enforcement of penal, traffic, regulatory, game, or controlled substance laws..
He tells me he hopes for a committee substitute that will amend the bill to cover the federal government’s capturing data in Georgia