The federal government's plan to build a nationwide database of information culled from license-plate scanners has been canceled. Officials from the Department of Homeland Security quickly reversed course on the proposed project late Wednesday, saying top officials within the department and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were unaware of it.
Earlier Wednesday, the plans revealed the federal department wanted a database that would track vehicle license-plate numbers that either passed through cameras or were manually entered into the system. It also wanted a feature that would allow it to upload at least 5,000 plate records at a time.

Privacy advocates had feared the massive database would be another intrusion into the lives of everyday Americans. While the database intended to help catch "criminal aliens and absconders," according to the original contract proposal, the ACLU said it could also capture precise details on the locations and daily habits of millions of law-abiding citizens.

Left unclear in the business solicitation was how the data would be stored, how long data would be kept, who would have access to it, and whether it was merely used for border enforcement or could also be more broadly utilized by law enforcement.


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      sstowes
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh they're saying they've canceled it, alright. Publicly...
        S.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sstowes
        I have a feeling they'll try to sneak it thru a few more times like they've been doing with the SOPA-style bills that keep getting rejected publicly, "removed", then reinserted w/ a new name buried in a different bill.
        Lynchenstein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sstowes
        No, they've cancelled the request for businesses to bid to build it. There's nothing stating that they won't just do it themselves and tell nobody.
      Peter_G
      • 1 Year Ago
      Time for civil disobedience day. Everyone drive around with no plates on.
      jebibudala
      • 1 Year Ago
      I believe 100% of what the government tells me 100% of the time. It's always true, they never lie. Nor do politicians.
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      How far have things gone that it would be even suggested in the first place?
      Big Squid
      • 1 Year Ago
      The program was canceled when lawmakers realized they couldn't visit their mistresses during office hours without being caught.
      SCOTTM
      • 1 Year Ago
      One win for the American. Orwell and Huxley would be proud. We need more Americans standing up against this police state and its many lies.
      jmi2
      • 1 Year Ago
      why would the Fed. gov't need to 'scan' license plates? they can get the information from the states' databases. that information is shared by governmental bodies. they could also get the info from the automatic toll lane systems. what congress person's district would have made the millions off of this?
      Fazzster
      • 1 Year Ago
      1984
        flammablewater
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Fazzster
        At least in 1984 you KNEW you were being watched. They're currently denying it.
      Toneron
      • 1 Year Ago
      You get what you vote for. Thanks libturds.
      flammablewater
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thanks, Obama?
      to your email L
      • 1 Year Ago
      What you mean Echelon isn't tracking these already? BTW isn't the Golden Gate Bridge Authority doing this now to collect tolls........aka it's 'labor saving'. Oh and for those who carry their cellphone and use a GPS in their car......you can still be tracked.....why the false outrage?
        Nuk Nuk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @to your email L
        Oh yes, the "well, they are already doing that, so why not let them do this" tired old line. I bet you are a "if you aren't doing anything wrong" type of pacifist too huh?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good.
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