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California License Plates May Get Digital Makeover

 
California License Plates May Get Digital Makeover
Posted July 17th, 2013 @ 11:40am by KFBK News

California License Plates may soon get a digital makeover, and some tech watchdogs aren't thrilled about it.

A bill making its way through the legislature would authorize the DMV to create a pilot program for digital plates -- foot-long computer screens with wireless capabilities.

There's the potential to save millions on registration paperwork and broadcast Amber Alerts, but there's some worry the technology could be used to easily monitor a vehicle's location.

That's just not an acceptable outcome for Nate Cardozo with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He said the direct link to the state could be a shortcut around the law.

"In order to track your location right now, the government needs a search warrant signed by a judge," Cardozo said.

The pilot program would be for 160,000 vehicles, mostly from company fleets.

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