Why do people cover their license plates?

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  1. VX Rider

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    The ol' finger-ver-the-license-plate ad is usually complete with the, "I KNOW WHAT I HAVE" phrase somewhere.
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    If I need a legit plate for my stolen a 2020 KTM 1290 SAR - and I want it reasonably far away from where the plate actually lives to avoid bumping into it - I know! Hang around on the streets a couple of hundred miles away from where I live for weeks on end waiting for the right bike to happen along (maybe it won't) - or perhaps? Hmmmm. Go onto an internet forum rammed to the gills with pictures of 2020 KTM 1290 SARs and pinch one of their plates? - What to do? What to do?...
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    Land Surveyor here. While out surveying a $120,000,000 house here in LA last year I had to stop by the security team’s office. They had a couple of monitors turned on showing the public street out front, with real time license plate recognition that showed a box over each car passing by with name and address of the vehicle owner, one of which was my own crew truck. Is this common, I have no idea, but it obviously is possible.

    Personally, I don’t care if my plate shows up in a photo.
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    It's common knowledge that criminal elements have wives/girlfriends/sex slaves working at the DMV and working at insurance agencies with FULL access to all particulars.

    Not to mention dumpster diving for old registration and insurance cards/receipts.
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    There's an unassuming house near me that has an LPR array built into the mailbox structure. I don't know what they do with the data (I doubt they have the resources for real time DMV queries), but it's not that expensive to install a basic license plate reading system.
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    I would imagine that is completely illegal and an abuse of various privacy and other laws. However, I also expect there are wealthy and privileged people involved who have the means to get around such trivial concerns.
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    Possibly, but property in that price range may also have a legitimate government connection that would justify the use of LPR and the backend data on public roads. There's no expectation of privacy from photography involved, but the concern about illegal access to government databases is valid.
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    As the plates are publicly displayed, I doubt it would actually run afoul of much.
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    Yep. Publicly displayed on public property is fair game for photography in most places.
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    It's not the plates but the constant looking up of who they belong to and displaying the registered owner to someone who has no recognized need for or legal right to that information.
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    As I said, that may or may not be illegal in that example. If it is legal, they also may not openly share why that's the case. I suspect that if they have real time access to those databases, it's done legally. If it isn't, that place should be avoided.
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    Once the trackers are active, why would they?
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    I told Bill to just attach the tracking device and be on his way.

    Pay no mind to the dark gray Impala that you keep seeing on weekday mornings between 8:05 and 8:25.
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    Actually I did look it up, got some possible hits, but they’re behind a paywall. Not paying to see if they’ve really got anything, or not.

    Like I said previously, looked up some of my current tags, got hits on them. A bit more public information, like year, make and model. The rest was behind paywalls.
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