As Maryland begins a two-year pilot plan on the use of digital license plates, evidence from other states that use the evolving technology is slim.

The state announced this week that it will outfit 20 Motor Vehicle Administration fleet vehicles and two Maryland Transportation Authority vehicles with the digital plates, with electronic displays that show information currently available on traditional metal plates.

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The Grape of Wrath

A hackers dream. With the right lines of code, all databases are easily interconnected. The MVA database which these plates link to includes your name and DOB. With that it's easy pickings to get your SSN, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, the stuff that says you are you. Not that it isn't easy enough to get all that with the right code, but this program opens up millions of more gateways. It just takes one MVA employee to click on a link in an email.


Based on Maryland MVA's performance (or lack thereof) regarding Real ID drivers license program, they should stick with the tried and true physical plates.

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