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Dangers of sharing number plate ++

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by m4rtin, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. m4rtin

    m4rtin Member

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    Just wondering what are the dangers of sharing license plate numbers, VINs, name etc in a way that can be gathered online.
    I notice some people are very careful, others less so.
    The careful ones don't share real name, blurred/hidden numbers plates in photos/videos, hide parts of VIN.
    Others, example was the video I watched on YouTube of Frugal Tesla Guy I can see his number plate, real name and roughly where he lives.

    What's the worst case scenario, and what are other smaller problems sharing could cause?
     
  2. RobDickinson

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    Not sure about the VIN but the numberplate is by its very essence a publicly displayed thing
     
  3. raynewman

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    The VIN is publicly displayed as well.
     
  4. meloccom

    meloccom Moderator Aus/NZ

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  5. stuartl

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    As others have said, the license plate is essentially public knowledge, as is the VIN. What is private is the database that links the LPN back to a specific owner.

    The risk in publicising the LPN comes if there's somebody out there that leaks information that links that LPN back to a specific individual. I know of one website where it's possible to pay a sum of money, and, if they have that information, obtain an email address associated with that LPN. I am not going to reveal more information about what that website is until I have confirmation that the hole has been closed. (I've alerted the company in question; they've acknowledged the problem and have indicated that they are working to fix it.) It's not a loophole that would be used by a general trawler, given the cost associated with obtaining the information, but it could be used if somebody was after details about a particular individual.
     
  6. mongo

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    Low probability potential threat vector:
    If someone ties your VIN / plate to you
    And they see you car pull onto a movie theater
    Then they may be more likely to rob your house since you will likely not be home for a while.

    Low chance this happening unless someone is compiling a database of VIN/plates and addresses.

    More often used bariations on this are why they stopped putting address into on registration and insurance docs that are required to be in your car where I live (US). Break into car, find address, perhaps take garage door opener, rob house.
     
  7. 525SNAP

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    People post their vanity plates all the time. No biggie
     

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