The 11th Judicial Circuit Court is allowing the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) to proceed with a lawsuit against the City of Coral Gables and other state law enforcement departments, on behalf of Coral Gables resident Raul Mas Canosa. The subject of the lawsuit are Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) and the storing of the captured data. The case now moves forward to the discovery phase.
Mas Canosa takes issue with the collection and storage of sensitive license plate information without reasonable limits on the scope of data collected of its use.
Last month the NCLA put a video together explaining Mas Canosa’s and their organization’s position.
“The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution forbids police from consistently monitoring a vehicle’s movements over time without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause. Just as significantly, Article I, Section 23 of the Florida State Constitution protects the ‘right of privacy’ of innocent citizens and limits the State’s collection and use of private information without first making a showing of compelling government interest.” said NCLA in a recent press release.
Since 2015, the City of Coral Gables has invested well over $1.3 million in the creation of a geo-fence which includes the installation of Closed-Circuit TV and ALPR equipment throughout the perimeter of the city and major intersections. The cameras give the Coral Gables Police Department a 24/7 data feed to deter and assist in resolving crimes. NCLA says the city operates more than 30 APLR devices.
In a statement, Coral Gables City Attorney said, “The City, along with the co-defendants, is committed to defending the constitutionality of the program, which has proven to be an effective law enforcement tool.”