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Homeland Security is building a national license plate scanner database

19
Feb
2014

The Department of Homeland Security has put out a call to contractors for a National License Plate Recognition database, according to documents uncovered by Ars Technica. Once built, the program would knit together data from license plate scanners around the country, potentially allowing DHS authorities to track individual cars from city to city without leaving the central hub. The American Civil Liberties Union has been raising alarms about license plate scanners for years, but this is the first indication that data from the scanners will be coordinated on a national level. A July 2013 report uncovered 25 separate jurisdictions using the scanners, including Boston, Washington DC and the New Jersey State Police.

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