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post #1 of 29 Old 07-16-2012, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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covering your tag for photos - ??

I've been trying to figure out why some folks cover / blur their tag when they take photos of their bike. You ride all over the country with your tag numbers showing, so why cover it when you take a picture?? I'm sure there's a good reason. Help me out here.
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post #2 of 29 Old 07-16-2012, 11:59 AM
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I've been trying to figure out why some folks cover / blur their tag when they take photos of their bike. You ride all over the country with your tag numbers showing, so why cover it when you take a picture?? I'm sure there's a good reason. Help me out here.
Maybe they write about illegal riding and don't want their insurance company to associate their tales of scofflawyery with their tag numbers.

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I once did it because I'd seen it done before and didn't think about it. I'll guess people have seen it on TV and followed that lead. TV programs that don't have permission from somebody to identify them in the program blank out or distort identifying features like faces, license plates on vehicles and addresses on documents.

An extreme possibility is somebody seeing something they like, getting the owner's address from the plate somehow and knowing where to go to steal it.

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I agree, it doesn't make any sense to me, when your plate numbers are visible to everyone on the road.

It's like the Craigslist Keyword spamming that is rampant. You can't search anything on Craigslist without the results being littered with irrelevant results. It's because posters saw another poster do it, so they copied. Just try to search for "KTM" and you will see everything from Harleys to cheap dirt bikes sold at Auto Zone.

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my tag is usually covered in so much mud ya can't read it anyway





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People who blur their tags because their posts mention things that are against traffic regulations are way over paranoid.

I'm pretty sure Progressive and State Farm don't have the resources or desire to troll forums, link your online profile to your actual identity, investigate your stories to the point where they have enough evidence to convince a law enforcement/prosecutor to charge someone with something that is an infraction, not even a misdemeanor. All for the ability to raise your premiums or drop your policy or something
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I've been wondering if those anti-camera license plate covers work. I got an extortion letter from an AZ stoplight camera and it really pissed me off. They take a photo of a vehicle and go after the owner for an alleged violation. No photo of who's driving, etc.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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They don't work. If the cops can see it, and they'll get you if they can't, the camera can see it.

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I'm less concerned with people - even those with nefarious intentions - trying to do a DMV (motor vehicle) records search for my address for two reasons:

1) California state law classifies driver's home addresses as private information and requires a court order for disclosure; and,
2) because of what my wife's occupation, all of our vehicles' associated information are statutorily shielded - even LEOs who punch in our plates while on the road will show my wife's work address (of course, a court order can pierce that veil).

I do believe, however, in prudence because I do not believe that it is possible to maintain any semblance of privacy or anonymity on the ’net and what seems like “random” ramblings, stream of consciousness, or pontifications can be culled into data points that can paint a mosaic of an identity, presence, or profile.

I worry less about license plates, which are publicly displayed in "real life" - after giving it some further thought amidst the existence of the layers of protection mechanisms we have in place - and more about carelessly announcing the specifics of WHEN I will be out-of-town, for example, in the "virtual life."

Bottom line for me is using discretion about "TMI" - things that should remain private should remain just that ...


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I look at it (insert: Pun) like the old Porno photos of naked people........where their eyes were blacked out with a rectangle. Not that I ever actually "saw" any old Porno photos when I was growing up.......or last Saturday afternoon at 3:35PM........or the previous Thursday night after my wife went to bed. :biggrinjester:

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