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Law enforcement agencies across the country and in Arkansas are using license plate readers to track millions of vehicles. 

Cameras that are mounted on bridges and police cruisers can help police locate a vehicle that has been stolen or involved in a crime.  But according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union, they also track the movements of vehicles not on "hot lists."

"Once they have the location of your plate and where you were on that date and time that they scanned your plate, they can see where you work, who you associate with, where you pray, where you're going to the doctor, and they can learn quite a lot about you," said Jennifer Lynch with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The ACLU is calling for legislation that would require law enforcement agencies across the country to adhere to strict rules while collecting the data.

This year the Arkansas legislature passed a law restricting the use of license plate readers. It requires actual license data to be deleted after 150 days and statistical data after six months.

You can read the full law by clicking here.

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