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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: 2, Insightful) by BradTheGeek on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:44PM

    by BradTheGeek (450) on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:44PM (#5215)

    These are valid concerns. However possible or probable it is to be used to locate someone incorrectly (whether intentionally or not), I take umbrage for other reasons. I do not want the government to know where I am or why unless they have a valid reason (i.e. suspicion and warrant) to. No other reason will suffice.

    I do not want some piss-ant LEA to look on his computer and say, "Welp, seems you go to AA/NA every week (we know from the destination address), perhaps I have probalbe cause to search your car for narcotics. No. Just hell no.

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