As Local Governments Tap Into Tech, Privacy Becomes A Concern

Local government officials are now using technology to gather information that helps them do their jobs, an issue that opens new doors for innovation. Drones, Bluetooth sensors, license plate readers, and traffic cameras are just a sampling of the available technology.

Advancement in technology can create concerns that should be considered regarding individual’s privacy and security. As drones are used for assessing new properties, making damage assessments, and assuring that development follows construction plans, liability issues arise including the use and storage of photos of people.

Additional concerns relate to the use of mobile parking apps that store personal credit card information and license plate readers that use data from the national crime database. Liability is minimized through adherence to protecting credit card data standards and limited personal information that is provided by the national crime database.

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