My article “Hidden Surveillance”, which investigates the RCMP and Victoria Police Department’s Automatic Licence Plate Recognition (ALPR) program, has been released in the February issue of Focus magazine and is now available online here. My thanks to Kevin McArthur of Stormtide and, Christopher Parsons, along with Kris Constable of PrivaSecTech and everyone at IdeasMeetings for their help, interest, perspectives and encouragement along the way. As a supplement to the article, below are documents attained so far from my provincial Freedom of Information and federal Access to Information requests. (In the U.K., such programs are often called Automatic Number Plate Recognition, or ANPR.)

The RCMP Privacy Impact Assessment (October 2009) for its Automatic Licence Plate Recognition program. (A new PIA is apparently at the draft stage as of January 2012).

Victoria Police Department correspondence and other records on its ALPR program: Pages 1-31. Pages 32-55. Pages 56-101.

The 2011 Letter of Agreement, Terms and Conditions for ALPR use between the RCMP and other police agencies (two pages).

A one-page spreadsheet from the RCMP summarizing police actions taken in response to ALPR hits throughout BC from 2007-2011.

For serious researchers, here are the detailed ALPR hit logs from the Victoria Police Department: June-July 2010. July-October 2010. November-December 2010. January-February 2011. February-May 2011. May-September 2011.


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  1. Rob Wipond October 11, 2012 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Thanks, Terry, Reading your note, it’s unfortunately hard not to think, “I thought they were already doing that stuff…”

  2. Terry October 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Great work on this Rob. Seeing that we have now become a police state why dont they just warm up the fire and burn a number on all of us so they can track us or maybe make a law that all newborns must submit to having a chip put in them to track us via GPS. It appears that they now write their own rules and nobody has any control over them at all. The comment that history repeats itself is so true because they sure remind me of Nazi Germany in the war.

  3. Guido July 31, 2012 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Great Work ROB!!! please keep up the great work!!!!

  4. john douglas spillane February 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm - Reply

    Keep on them Rob!! Ordinary folk should know..

    I’m on a biggey I’ll let you have it when iy comes togther 355 million!!

  5. joe February 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    this is all part of a project affectionately(?) called ‘big brother 2’ which will synch data from business cams, the THOUSANDS of ‘street cams’ being installed in all cities across NA, and cameras for all taxi’s and buses.

    Welcome to the machine.

    ..and all that data goes to the massive new data centre in Ottawa. (largest in Canada)

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