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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 12-15-2018, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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Why do people blur/blackout/remove license plate from photos?

I'm curious as to why people hide their license plate numbers when posting photos of their Bobber on here? Sorry if this is a noob question, but seeing how I've posted photos of my bike with my plate number exposed everywhere, I'm starting to sweat. lol

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I'm curious as to why people hide their license plate numbers when posting photos of their Bobber on here? Sorry if this is a noob question, but seeing how I've posted photos of my bike with my plate number exposed everywhere, I'm starting to sweat. lol
Hello Rathead,

I can speak about germany only, where I life, but here you can find out name and adress of someone if you know the license plate number.

So it is much more safe and will protect privacy if you make unvisible your license plate on pictures!

Not sure if it is needful in the US...

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Hello Rathead,

I can speak about germany only, where I life, but here you can find out name and adress of someone if you know the license plate number.

So it is much more safe and will protect privacy if you make unvisible your license plate on pictures!

Not sure if it is needful in the US...

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So the question remains since the whole world can see your plates when you're out and about.

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In the US, it’s the same concern - knowing someone’s state and license plate, you can pay ~$10 online and find the owner’s name and address. So... a thief could possibly steal the vehicle based on this knowledge.

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In the US, it’s the same concern - knowing someone’s state and license plate, you can pay ~$10 online and find the owner’s name and address. So... a thief could possibly steal the vehicle based on this knowledge.
The question is still the same. A person wanting to steal your vehicle can get your address when you're out riding/driving.

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So the question remains since the whole world can see your plates when you're out and about.

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Understand what you wanted to say, but it is a difference if you see me in real life, like every other vehicle,
or if you're surfing in the www, searching for whatever or do some research for illegal things.

I guess there is a risk to provide to much personal information about myself on the web.

So it is popular in germany to minimize this risk and therefore we blur our license plates.

But it will be interesting to read about other countries and feeling about it of other people.

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In the US, it’s the same concern - knowing someone’s state and license plate, you can pay ~$10 online and find the owner’s name and address. So... a thief could possibly steal the vehicle based on this knowledge.
I dunno man, I think those websites are scammy...

In fact, I'd be willing to bet... hmmmm... $40 that nobody* can provide me my name and address if I provide them my license plate number and state.

*Rob Axle is prohibited from this contest.
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For me, it limits my risk of "what I don't know", and what someone can do with your information. The internet is full of mistrustful people. As an example, let's say for the sake of argument - someone puts forth a point of view about your bike you take great offense to. I've seen things escalate to a stupid level over an oil thread in the past. Tempers flair, things are said. Next thing you know, someone is being vindictive and digging up information about you, and trying to use that information to "get back at you" any way they can. If someone can get your name, address - they can get other information about you, like where you work. With that information, they can take all the time they want to harass, cause financial mischief, who knows. Sounds a bit "far fetched", but when you take in consideration that it absolutely happens to people for the dumbest of reasons... I'm okay with taking a few moments of my time to X out some info I don't feel comfortable sharing.
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I dunno man, I think those websites are scammy...

In fact, I'd be willing to bet... hmmmm... $40 that nobody* can provide me my name and address if I provide them my license plate number and state.

*Rob Axle is prohibited from this contest.
As a software engineer i'd happily take that bet and day of the week, it's pretty easy to find information online, trust me.... Let's go triple or nothing if I can come back with your SSN and DOB, too!!

Confidence in things we don't really know isn't wise..... just my two cents.
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As a software engineer i'd happily take that bet and day of the week, it's pretty easy to find information online, trust me.... Let's go triple or nothing if I can come back with your SSN and DOB, too!!

Confidence in things we don't really know isn't wise..... just my two cents.
Finding your name and address is one thing. Probably not a big deal in the scheme of things. Your SSN is another. You definitely do not want that out in public. Lesson learned...watch out for those software engineers
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