Use of licence plate scans breaches privacy: watchdog
B.C.'s privacy commissioner Elizabeth Denham, speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday July 16, 2009. (CP/Sean Kilpatrick)
Published Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:56AM PST
Last Updated Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:29PM PST
B.C.'s privacy watchdog said Victoria police's use of licence plate scanning technology breaches privacy laws.
B.C. Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham looked into the Victoria police department's use of cameras mounted on squad cars to record licence plate numbers and then provide the data to the Mounties.
Denham has no problem with Victoria and other police collecting the data, but she says it's a violation of privacy laws to turn over any information about people who aren't suspected of any criminal activity.
The RCMP have been using the system since 2006 and Victoria Police began using it in March, prompting three complaints to the privacy commissioner.