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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, Interesting) by demonlapin on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:09PM

    by demonlapin (925) on Sunday February 23 2014, @05:09PM (#5225) Journal
    People decry the modern American factory farming system (and some of that criticism is entirely warranted), but they forget where it came from. It was Nixon who told the USDA to make sure that the cost of food was never again an issue in a presidential election. Our food supply has plenty of problems, but cost is not one of them.
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  • (Score: 2) by Nerdfest on Sunday February 23 2014, @06:24PM

    by Nerdfest (80) on Sunday February 23 2014, @06:24PM (#5254)

    The US isn't the only country in the world, and I don't think uprisings will start there first (well, they obviously haven't).