The Vermont Senate OK'd a plan to limit how long police can hold onto data collected by license plate readers.
The devices are on state and local police cruisers. They run passing plates through a database to alert officers to any flagged vehicles.
Friday, the Senate voted to limit data storage to 18 months without court approval. Many senators had worried the devices and information collected creates privacy concerns.
"I have been satisfied in those concerns. I think that the committee did manage to strike a very workable balance between privacy concerns and the needs of law enforcement," said Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden County.
The bill now heads to the House.
If the bill becomes law, police will be required to report back to the Legislature on usage patterns to see if the storage timeline should be shorter. Only three states have legislated license plate readers.
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