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U.S. immigration agency contracts license-plate tracking firm

Every ICE office can search five years of data for a particular plate or put one on a "hot list"

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency signs a deal with Vigilant Solutions for access to a massive license plate tracking database.

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License plate readers helped Virginia police catch the WDBJ shooter

Virginia police tracked down the disgruntled gunman responsible for shooting two television news station employees live on-air Wednesday using a controversial piece of technology known as a license plate reader.

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FBI official raised concerns over use of license-plate readers

Not Much Is Known About How Bureau Uses Surveillance Records

As the Federal Bureau of Investigation increased its use of automated license-plate readers in field operations, at least one official inside the agency raised concerns about potential privacy intrusions.

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AZ town putting license plate readers in fake cacti [w/poll]

The Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley has been hiding a network of license plate readers in fake cacti around town, allowing police to automatically scan the numbers of passing cars.

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Motorist seeks limit on time police can keep plate-reader records

Virgina Lawsuit On License-Plate Reader Data May Be First Of Its Kind

A Virginia motorist is demanding his local police department stop holding onto driving records collected by automated license-plate readers.

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Virginia poised to limit license-plate reader records

Bills Received Bipartisan Support; One Could Set Nation's Shortest Retention Limit

Virginia could soon set the strictest limits in the nation on how long law-enforcement agencies can retain automated license-plate reader records.

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Concerns surface over Homeland Security's license-plate reader proposal [w/video]

ACLU Says Federal Plan Creates Privacy Risks

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.

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Homeland Security again seeks license-plate reader records

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.

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Oakland Police Department releases license-plate reader records

Ars Technica Shows How LPR Data Can Be Used To Discern Daily Habits

In response to a public-records request, the Oakland Police Department released 4.6 million records from its license-plate readers. Here's what they show.

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Were gun show attendees in the crosshairs of license-plate readers?

Documents Show Federal Government Mulled Plan To Track Gun Enthusiasts

Drug Enforcement Administration officials once considered using license-plate readers to conduct surveillance on gun show attendees, according to documents released Tuesday.

Secret federal government program tracks millions of motorists

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.

Motorists Losing Right To See Automated License-Plate Reader Data

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.

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Motorists losing right to see automated license-plate reader data [w/videos]

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.