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License Plate and Camera policy

From: domainremoved <Adina>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2014 14:15:52 -0700

Dear Council Members and Staff,

I am glad to see that Menlo Park is being proactive to adopt policies
governing the use of license plate reader and camera technologies. These
technologies have valuable law enforcement and transportation applications,
but also have the potential to be mis-used.

I have a few questions regarding the use of the technologies for
transportation purposes.

1) The draft policy states that the video recordings used for he counting
of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians shall not be considered public
records. Will the *data* extracted from these recordings be considered
public records? Data showing vehicle, bike and ped usage counts are
public data today, and should remain so.

2) The license place readers are being authorized according to this policy
only for law enforcement purposes. There are also potential applications to
assess overflow parking. This is an issue in some neighboring communities
but not currently a major issue in Menlo Park. This issue and use may
arise in the future. Does it make sense to include a policy regarding this
use? Cities of Palo Alto and Mountain View may be further along in this
assessment than Menlo Park is.


- Adina

Adina Levin
Menlo Park
Received on Mon May 12 2014 - 14:14:22 PDT

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