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License plate scanners: Your Stories

Question: NewsChannel 9 viewer John recently saw a civilian car with a license plate scanner and wants to know what the information is being used for and by whom?
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Question: NewsChannel 9 viewer John recently saw a civilian car with a license plate scanner and wants to know what the information is being used for and by whom?

Answer: We checked with police who confirm that it is not an emergency vehicle.

Police also tell us that anyone can purchase these devices.

The DMV says the scanners are often used by car repossession companies.

Information can apparently be entered into the device and some repo companies use information provided by dealers - in order to find a car.

The DMV says the devices do not have access to DMV records with your personal information.

If you have a question for the Your Stories team, call (315) 446-9900 or email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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