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D.C. Police Gather Data on Those Who Don't Violate Laws

Washington, D.C., police have a practice of recording information at traffic safety checkpoints on violators and law-abiding motorists alike -- and sometimes their passengers. This has garnered little attention since police began entering such data into a computer in 2002. Few, if any, of the more than 100 people pulled over almost nightly at the five or six checkpoints in high-crime areas realize that their names and whereabouts will end up in a database.

Safety Stops Draw Doubts, Washington Post, May 2, 2005.