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UW researchers call for regulation of automated license plate readers

All across Washington state there’s a technology that law enforcement, private companies and even some individuals are using – Automated license plate readers.

Researchers at the University of Washington Center for Human Rights are concerned the data collected could be used to impede immigrant rights or restrict access to reproductive healthcare. In a new report, the UW center is calling for greater regulation of the technology.

Lilly Ana Fowler reports on social justice issues for KNKX. She previously worked for the nonprofit news site Crosscut — a partner of KCTS 9, Seattle’s PBS station. Reach her at