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posted by Dopefish on Sunday February 23 2014, @10:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the party-like-it's-1984 dept.

siliconwafer writes "The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to acquire a vehicle license plate tracking system, to be used at the national level. According to the solicitation obtained by the Washington Post, commercial readers, supplied by a private company, would scan the plate of vehicles and store them in a "National License Plate Recognition" (NLPR) database. This is already being done at the state level, and privacy advocates are up in arms, with EFF and ACLU suing California over their automatic plate readers. Now that this has potential to become a broad and national program."

[ED Note: "Shortly after the Washington Post broke the story on the national plate reading system, it appears the DHS has shelved their plans for the tracking system, by order of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, at least in the interim."]

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  • (Score: 1) by Sir Finkus on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:43PM

    by Sir Finkus (192) on Sunday February 23 2014, @02:43PM (#5185) Journal

    I suppose I didn't explain it well enough. The idea is that they look at the plate, then make an educated guess as to the state by looking at the colors on the plate. The could then cross reference that with the the registration database to verify. It should be fairly easy to determine things like color/size of the car. If the camera misses it, the next camera should have a decent shot to guessing correctly.