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Feb 6, 2014 9:12 AM by Associated Press

Concerns raised on plan for license plate readers

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco Bay area city is considering allowing police to use license plate readers, though officials say they want more public input before the controversial devices are installed on patrol cars.

The Oakland Tribune reports ( ) the draft policy that the Alameda City Council is considering says the readers can only be used for legitimate law enforcement business. The proposal says police would use the devices only where a homicide or other major incident has occurred.

Police in nearby Piedmont and San Leandro already use the readers, which can register up to 1,800 plates per minute at speeds of up to 160 mph.

Those who voiced concern at a public forum this week say they're worried about who would have access to the data. They say the draft policy is too vague on how the devices would be used.

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