A Homeland Security plan to use a national database of license-plate reader data for investigative purposes is drawing criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union, which says the proposal doesn't do enough to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans.
Program Amounts To Warrantless Surveillance On Law-Abiding Americans, Critics Say
A little more than a year after the Department of Homeland Security canceled a plan to build a national license-plate reader database amid an outcry over privacy intrusions, federal officials are renewing the push.
ACLU: DEA Has Mined License-Plate Reader Data Since 2008
The US government is tracking the whereabouts of millions of American motorists. Through the use of license-plate readers, federal authorities have collected and stored approximately 343 million records that detail the location of drivers around the country and housed them in a new national database.
Three recent court cases pit law enforcement against privacy advocates
Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These records are getting harder to obtain.