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2/19/2014
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DHS Pursues License Plate Tracking Service

Department of Homeland Security seeks private company to run national tracking service. DHS cites immigration applications; privacy advocates raise questions.

License plate reading technology  (Source: Wikimedia)
License plate reading technology
(Source: Wikimedia)

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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/19/2014 | 4:56:15 PM
automated surveillance
What provisions are being made to limit access to this database to a specific purpose? Without such rules, the freedom to travel without being watched effectively vanishes.
asksqn
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asksqn,
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2/19/2014 | 8:58:09 PM
Warrantless Surveillance
Yet another Trojan horse sugar coated to convince the ignorant masses that warrantless surveillance = good.  If immigration status is so crucial, what happened to border patrol?  Or how about enforcing the existing laws by fine/imprisonment of those companies that hire those illegally in the country. 

UPDATE >> DHS actually cancelled its solicitation today.  More here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/dhs-cancels-national-license-plate-tracking-plan/2014/02/19/a4c3ef2e-99b4-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html
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WKash,
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2/20/2014 | 8:42:24 AM
DHS Reverses Course
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson put the kabosh on ICE's plans to develop its proposed national license-plate tracking system, according to reports out this morning. More details to follow.

 
David F. Carr
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2/20/2014 | 9:10:54 AM
Re: DHS Reverses Course
That was fast
WKash
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2/20/2014 | 1:39:25 PM
Re: DHS Reverses Course
Yes that was fast.  I suspect that this wasn't just a response to privacy advocates. The system specs on the solicitation read like another big, custom government IT project in the making that added some features, but otherwise appeared to duplicate 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 -- and a reflection of what happens in government when senior positions go unfilled for months at a time while the Senate sits on the administration's recommended nominees for key positions.  The fact that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson pulled the plug on what amounts to an IT project suggests that there was more at issue here than an overly ambitious data-gathering initiative.

 
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