Legislators gave final approval Thursday to limit what they say could become more "Big Brother" type government tracking of where residents travel and when.
They approved SB196 to allow governments to keep for only nine months data collected by license plate readers used by the police and the State Tax Commission. The Senate voted 24-0 to agree to House amendments on the bill, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, the bill's sponsor, earlier told the Senate that such machines can read and store data on about 500 license plates in five minutes in parking lots which has helped police in Utah to recover about 1,300 stolen cars a year. They can also read license plates on cars passing at high speed in the dark because of infrared technology.