Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) has undergone a major evolution in recent years. Among the most significant changes the technology has seen has been a migration from closed hardware-dependent solutions to software-only systems with open platforms that allow for easy integration with existing surveillance cameras and other third-party security products. These new solutions also boast extremely advanced new capabilities in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning for more comprehensive and accurate data gathering and analysis. This new approach necessitates a new philosophy of best practices for ALPR usage. Following are some of the most crucial points in this new philosophy that must be considered as ALPR, and surveillance technology in general, move into a new future.