Digital Recognition Network Defeats California SB1330

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Industry leaders unite to reserve the right to utilize LPR data for legitimate business and public safety purposes.

Digital Recognition Network (“DRN”) is pleased to announce that their efforts to defeat California SB1330, legislation intended to outlaw the use of License Plate Recognition (“LPR”) data for legitimate business and public safety purposes, have prevailed and the bill died on the California Senate floor without passage.

DRN and its’ California-based business partner, Vigilant Video, an innovative leader in providing video content analysis for the public and private sectors, joined forces to lead the opposition to SB1330. Leveraging the value of the data created by DRN’s LPR data solutions and providing it to law enforcement via Vigilant Video’s advanced intelligence solutions has helped solve a number of cold cases. “We applaud the legislators who worked with us to defeat the bill. The value of DRN’s data network stood out clearly in the mind’s eye of legislators who realized the ability of the private sector to create value by providing data to law enforcement to ensure public safety. We are extremely pleased with this outcome and believe it reinforces the trend of private companies helping government protect and lower the tax burden for citizens,” said Chris Metaxas, Chief Executive Officer of DRN.

California’s legislative attempt to eliminate the use of LPR data for legitimate business purposes was designed to seriously undermine the ability of private entities to deliver substantial value to California consumers in the form of risk mitigation, lowered insurance premiums, less-stringent credit requirements, and improved flexibility from lenders seeking to help the economy in California. DRN and Vigilant Video are able to provide advanced intelligence solutions that address a number of business challenges and solutions essential to reducing crime, lowering law enforcement operating budgets, and improving public safety.

“Quite frankly, we were surprised that California took on the challenge of trying to impose legislation that sought to restrict the stringent permissible use guidelines already imposed by the federal government and in active use by all law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and insurance companies. We work closely with government to ensure that standards of use are met and diligently enforced,” added Chris Metaxas.

Law enforcement officials came out in droves to support the opposition of SB1330 based on thousands of documented cases that were solved utilizing the DRN data

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