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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: 3, Insightful) by hb253 on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:51PM

    by hb253 (745) on Sunday February 23 2014, @04:51PM (#5219)

    Why don't we bypass all this preliminary crap and get to the desired end state? That being, tracking collars and periodic check-ins with "security officials" (similar to how ex-cons must meet with parole officers).

    And maybe throw in some money to bribe people so they can rat out "suspicious" family members, friends and acquaintances...

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  • (Score: 1) by Eunuchswear on Monday February 24 2014, @04:36PM

    by Eunuchswear (525) on Monday February 24 2014, @04:36PM (#5939) Journal

    Ex cons?

    At the rate the US imprisons people you'll all be ex-cons soon.

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