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Virginia Parking Garage Will Take Photos of License Plates

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    Some people are raising privacy concerns about the new high-tech system that will be used at the parking garage at Reston Town Center. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016)

    Have you ever forgotten where you parked?

    Technology at a garage at Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia, soon will snap photos of cars and license plates. Some drivers say the system will be a big help, but others have concerns about privacy.

    Once you get out of the car, a motion-activated camera snaps a photo. When you return to the garage, you enter your license plate number at a kiosk and verify the car is yours. Then, the screen shows where the car is.

    The system has been tested for a brief period.

    "I don't like the idea. I didn't realize that was happening," one woman in the garage said.

    Another driver said the data could come in handy.

    "The positive could be if somebody's being taken by force or under the influence, it'll be easier to track them down," he said.

    Boston Properties, which is responsible for the garage, says the systems are in place in about 50 places worldwide. A representative said they are not aware of any problems related to stalking.

    In fact, they say it is safer to find out where your car is than to wander distracted through a garage.

    The system will be in place Sept. 12.