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2/20/2014
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DHS Cancels Plan For License-Plate Tracking System

Amid rising privacy concerns, senior Homeland Security leaders say they didn't know about proposal to develop new database system.

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WKash
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2/21/2014 | 5:09:38 PM
Re: When the Secretary steps in...
...and one can only imagine that if we're ever ordered to "Step out of the car!" our new wearable devices will continue tracking our movements too.  We used to joke about dropping off the grid. Good luck!
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2/21/2014 | 5:07:10 PM
Re: When the Secretary steps in...
Privacy advocates seem to get a win, but as you say there are already several other ways we're tracked -- multiple cameras, our own phones, toll payment systems -- so it's a hollow victory. Add in the soon-to-be mandated automatic communications in cars, and it won't matter anyway. Our vehicles themselves will give us away!
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2/20/2014 | 1:45:03 PM
When the Secretary steps in...
The fact that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson pulled the plug on what amounts to an IT project suggests that there was probably more at issue here than an overly ambitious data-gathering initiative and a flare up from privacy advocates.  Reading the contract solicitation (before DHS took it down), it appeared this was another custom government IT project in the making that added some features, but otherwise duplicated what's already out there.

You probably can't fault the good intentions of ICE officials trying to help their field agents work smarter. But it does look like a case where proper supervision was missing.
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