• In this Thursday, June 25, 2015 photo, Long Beach Police Department  Lt. Chris Morgan, administrator of the Automated License Plate Reader (ALPR) program, shows an ALPR camera mounted on top of his patrol car parked at the city's Emergency Operations Center in Long Beach, Calif. Police nationwide are buying access into expansive databases run by private companies whose repo men and tow-truckers photograph license plates on vehicles every day, raising concerns among civil libertarians and some lawmakers about the lack of protections against abuse. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Private database lets police skirt license plate data limits

    LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For years, police nationwide have used patrol car-mounted scanners to automatically photograph and log the whereabouts of peoples’ cars, uploading the images into databases they’ve used to identify suspects in crimes from theft to murder.