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Old 02-01-2021, 12:07 PM   #1
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Question Photos/videos with license plate showing...

What's the big deal about hiding your plate numbers? I mean it's always on display when you're out in public. I keep getting mixed responses, but the most common one is, "To protect my privacy."

If that's the case, you probably should keep your vehicles buried in a barrel, in a safe spot, where only you know it is... and just walk/bike where you need to go, in the dark shadows of the night

But seriously, why?
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Old 02-01-2021, 12:43 PM   #2
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What's the big deal about hiding your plate numbers? I mean it's always on display when you're out in public. I keep getting mixed responses, but the most common one is, "To protect my privacy."

If that's the case, you probably should keep your vehicles buried in a barrel, in a safe spot, where only you know it is... and just walk/bike where you need to go, in the dark shadows of the night

But seriously, why?
I think its not an elimination of risk, but rather a reduction of risk. Sure your plates are on display in public when driving around and parking, etc., but when you post a picture online taking the small measure of blurring/blocking the plate reduces the exposure that extra little bit. In that case, why not, ya know?
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Why would someone pick you out of a sea of plates. You single yourself out when you post a picture of it.
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It's an exposure thing, I would think. You ever read the little blog by the guy who was famous for...something I can't remember now. He goes through his experience being 'famous' for some really small thing, and you come away with the impression that it sucks. He goes through how random people decided to stalk him, believe he was their best friend ever and get enraged when he doesn't return their feelings, and some other oddball circumstances. edit: found it: https://tim.blog/2020/02/02/reasons-...become-famous/

Anyway, the relevance of that aside is that the internet especially opens up ways for some very dark, or very ill individuals, to find you in ways that would have been unheard of before all this instant communication. These people stalk, grow obsessed with, or have other unhealthy reactions to other people, but generally they would be known by their immediate surrounding family/acquaintances as people to stay away from. More to the point, they also are almost never found in any areas in life that you'd be in. They won't be driving on the highway with you, they won't be in your workplace's garage, and they won't be near your house. On the internet though, they might come across your innocent picture of your car/bike and for whatever reason decide that your time has come up.

Also, like me, I think many people would rather not have the 'online identity' tied in any way to my 'real' self.

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Also, like me, I think many people would rather not have the 'online identity' tied in any way to my 'real' self.
This. Like 3 people here following me on Instagram, which is the only social I have. Dont post my face, dont post pics of the front of my house.
Ive talked about what I do for a living on this site a couple/few times, but have always left it very ambiguous.
Just like keeping things in their silos.
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So I posted the same question on another moto forum, here in California. Totally different opinions.

Maybe it is the privacy laws in the state of California, but it is not easy to find information on someone, based on their plate number... , even a person's name!

Now Texas, shoot... I can pull public tax records on any address and get LOADS of information. So I can understand trying to be as private as possible in this state.
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Old 02-02-2021, 11:54 AM   #7
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So I posted the same question on another moto forum, here in California. Totally different opinions.

Maybe it is the privacy laws in the state of California, but it is not easy to find information on someone, based on their plate number... , even a person's name!

Now Texas, shoot... I can pull public tax records on any address and get LOADS of information. So I can understand trying to be as private as possible in this state.
If I was a Californian I would want to keep that private, too.
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If I was a Californian I would want to keep that private, too.


I would post my drivers license, to prove I'm a Texan... But I don't want the internet stalking me
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I don't care about license. t, my phone listens to me and bombards with ads based on what my wife and I talk about.
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Well, that explains the enlargement pill ads I keep getting.
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It's an exposure thing, I would think. You ever read the little blog by the guy who was famous for...something I can't remember now. He goes through his experience being 'famous' for some really small thing, and you come away with the impression that it sucks. He goes through how random people decided to stalk him, believe he was their best friend ever and get enraged when he doesn't return their feelings, and some other oddball circumstances. edit: found it: https://tim.blog/2020/02/02/reasons-...become-famous/

Anyway, the relevance of that aside is that the internet especially opens up ways for some very dark, or very ill individuals, to find you in ways that would have been unheard of before all this instant communication. These people stalk, grow obsessed with, or have other unhealthy reactions to other people, but generally they would be known by their immediate surrounding family/acquaintances as people to stay away from. More to the point, they also are almost never found in any areas in life that you'd be in. They won't be driving on the highway with you, they won't be in your workplace's garage, and they won't be near your house. On the internet though, they might come across your innocent picture of your car/bike and for whatever reason decide that your time has come up.

Also, like me, I think many people would rather not have the 'online identity' tied in any way to my 'real' self.
Exactly this - just be a member of a forum and you can become the target of the crazies.
On the 1000rr dot net forum there are 3 that decided I was a fake and a fraud and jerk for telling a guy his idea of swapping EU ECU for US EU wouldn't work.

Those 3 have stalked me by business, face book name, telephone - they even publicly threatened to ruin me financially, professionally and privately and generally attack for no reason.

The reality is that in this day and age the license plate number is the least of your worries - I don't even have one lol.
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Even posting a harmless pic, depending on what "details" you have allowed, on your phone, or camera ( when you right click on the photo) can give out the start of a paper trail of information, for crazies..

I keep all that social media/details on setting for photos off.

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I'm thinking that it might also be a way for somebody to say, "Hmm, this guy has exactly the bike I want, think I'll find out where he lives".
I suppose they could do that in traffic too but somehow it seems less likely. Maybe because when they see the number in traffic, they are driving or riding in a car but when they see it in a sale ad, they're sitting at a computer.
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Which also ties into why peeps should never divulge in thier anti theft deterrents when those "my bike safety" threads pop up.

Just feeding the thieves info on what people have/don't have.
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Ok, I think we all got the point

I was just surprised how in certain states, the privacy laws help protect identities and whatnot... But not so much in Texas, it seems.
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