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Reno Police Expand Automatic License Plate Surveillance

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Reno police are expanding the use of technology to automatically read license plates in an effort to reduce gun violence.

The Reno City Council approved the expanded use of devices and associated software to track license plates this week despite critics' concerns it could be used to monitor the movement of law-abiding citizens.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports a visiting professor at the University of Nevada, Reno who specializes in mass surveillance technology is among those raising concerns about potential abuse.

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David Mass says most people would find it “creepy” if their neighbors were tracking their comings and goings.