"I Don't have anything to hide"
No, but what if your boss does and a friend of the surveillance company decides they wanted your job.
Or, a politician? Friendlier laws for surveillance companies. Or a client of the surveillance companies.
So they have a patent on what anyone with a camera and raspberry pi could do (recognize a vehicle plate with OCR)? Terrifying indeed
Palantair supplies tech, agencies use them. How does this make palantair terrifying? As long as the agencies need the tech some company will supply it.
I don't see how Palantair is like Facebook - Facebook acts on it's own
TL;DR: Automatic Number Plate Recognition is a thing. Police use it.
Apparently that makes Palantir terrifying...