Cases & Deals

Digital Recognition Network's amicus brief helps persuade Virginia court that license plate numbers are not personal information

Clients Digital Recognition Network, Inc. and Vigilant Solutions, Inc.

On behalf of Digital Recognition Network, Inc. and Vigilant Solutions, Inc., Jones Day filed an amicus brief that supported the Fairfax County Police Department's position in a case involving automatic license plate readers. An individual plaintiff sued the Police Department based on its so-called "passive use" of information gathered by automatic license plate readers. Jones Day's amicus brief contended that the Police Department should prevail because the relevant Virginia statute regulates the use of "personal information"-- and license plate numbers do not, in fact, constitute private or personal information. Relying significantly on arguments and precedent presented in Jones Day's amicus brief, the judge held that "license plate numbers are not personal information."

Neal v. Fairfax County Police Dep't, No. CL-2015-5902 (Cir. Ct. of Fairfax Cnty., Va.)