Illinois House OKs time limit on storing license plate data

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House has passed a measure that restricts how long law enforcement agencies can keep data collected by automated license plate readers. The legislation sets a cap of 30 months but creates provisions for storing the license plate information longer. An earlier version established a 30-day limit. Advocates say police currently can keep the data indefinitely. They say regulating the data would help prevent law enforcement from being able to track citizens. A limit is backed by a range of groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Illinois Policy Institute. Police organizations that see the cameras as important tools for criminal investigations are opposed to time limits. The bill passed with a 75-24 vote. It now moves to the Senate.