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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 Foobar Bazbot on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:02PM

    by Foobar Bazbot (37) on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:02PM (#5223) Journal

    Hey, slow down!

    He said "driving" on public roads is a privilege, and you said "using" public roads is essential in modern society. Don't you know that using public roads (The Way The Good Lord Intended, with feet) is a right, which nobody plans to take away*, and only these new-fangled motorcars need driving privileges granted by the state? It's for your own safety, so shut up and take your medicine!

    *Y'know, aside from all the highways that are posted "motorized vehicles only"... kindly ignore those, else the state's position on the "right to travel" and the "privilege of driving" might look like some kind of farce.

  • (Score: 5, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:45PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:45PM (#5243)
    Having been homeless before, let me offer my perspective: the ONLY thing you have a right to do in this country is to keep walking. No, you may not stop and rest. No, you may not sleep outside. If you don't own a home, and you aren't in motion, you're either trespassing, loitering, or illegally camping.
    • (Score: 2, Informative) by akinliat on Sunday February 23 2014, @06:52PM

      by akinliat (1898) <akinliatNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Sunday February 23 2014, @06:52PM (#5269)

      If you don't own a home, and you aren't in motion, you're either trespassing, loitering, or illegally camping.

      And just recently a number of cities have made it a felony to do any of the above.