Repo-Men Are Recording Your Location Even If You Aren’t One of Their Targets

Repo car with cameras on roof

It has come to my attention that there is a large quantity of Repo-Men that are using license plate reading technology to find targets. This seems all fine and dandy except they are reading more plates than just the ones that are behind on payments. With the use of new software, also used by the Police, these private companies are collecting the whereabouts of thousands of cars a day. As you can see in the picture below, there are cameras fitted to a car that then drives around all day recording plates. I understand the irony of putting a photo containing a non-blurred license plate but I chose not to bother given the topic of conversation.

Repo car with cameras

The information collected on these thousands of cars a day is then sorted and sold. The primary parties interested are insurance companies, banks, and law enforcement. These companies are allowed to do anything they want with your data. There are no regulations on how long your picture is kept or how it is disposed. If an individual, say a stalker, wanted to track where you are driving, all they would have to do is sign up with one of the parent companies. These companies may require some information, but I find it highly unlikely that they would turn away a paying customer. Then, every time your vehicle gets tagged by any one of the MANY, MANY repo companies operating that system, anyone with access knows.

This may seem like a simple way to catch bad guys and such, for the police. However, this is just one more freedom being pulled for the sake of convenience. It is one thing for the authorities to have systems like this, but civilians? Come on, that seems a little too much like invasion of privacy. These camera systems are quite a problem in California (no surprise there). Bills have been put before the CA Legislature but have all failed so far. I am hoping that this issue will be taken to a Federal level and put to bed. I have no desire to be tracked and have that information sold off to some corporate giant. I already have enough of that on the internet.

Repo camera

About The Author

Jordan Wheeler has worked directly in the auto industry for over 2 years but has been an avid gear head since first learning about cars. In barely over a decade, Jordan has been through more than 30 cars and several motorcycles. His usual buy is less than $1,000 and has included an '84 Corolla, numerous RWD Nissans, a '63 Willys Jeep, and '93 Toyota 4Runner. His current projects are a '66 Ford Galaxie Convertible, an '81 Toyota Starlet (with some Miata parts thrown in there), and a couple of motorcycles (Triumph ST and GSXR600). Jordan has a grassroots approach the industry and that shows in his writing. He apologizes in advance for any butchery of the English language.

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