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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 bob_super on Monday February 24 2014, @05:38PM

    by bob_super (1357) on Monday February 24 2014, @05:38PM (#5980)

    When the French introduced automatic radars, some farmers received tickets for their tractors doing 200km/h on the highway 500km away.
    That wasn't too hard to dismiss by checking the picture.

    However, crooks learnt to copy the license plate of a car of the same model and color, sometimes in the same town. They did catch a few, but the rest of the victims are just stuck being blamed by default (obviously, some only claim to be victims).