Thursday June 09, 2016

Cops Using Devices To Seize Funds On Prepaid Cards

I am not an expert on the law but this doesn't seem legal at all. I know in some states that, if you are carrying an abnormally large amount of cash, that is probable cause. But pulling people over and taking money from a pre-paid account without a warrant or court order doesn't seem right at all.

The vehicle-mounted scanners are also capable of retrieving and storing limited account information from other cards as well, such as banking debit cards, credit cards and "payment account information from virtually any magnetic stripe card," according to the website and patent documents of the device manufacturer, Texas-based ERAD Group Inc. ERAD stands for Electronic Recovery and Access to Data.