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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @12:14AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday February 24 2014, @12:14AM (#5391)
    Except I think in this scenario, the Machinery of Government is the bureaucracy of the Galactic Empire, who are oblivious to the signs of collapse around them. While there are certainly people employed by the government (i.e. statisticians, economists and psychologists) whose job is to look for trends of this kind, I think they're somewhat insulated by their environment and by human nature. In doing their analyses, they never consider that it is they who will have their backs against the wall.

    Posting AC because I haven't yet thought of a name.