© Pete Bigelow License-Plate Readers May Help Target Illegal Immigrants, Or You
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators have recently expanded their use of controversial databases containing billions of license-plate records, and privacy advocates fear the widespread use of these records will embolden the administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants.
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While the federal agency previously has used the information in a more limited scope, an agreement signed last month grants ICE unprecedented access to private databases containing data generated by automated license-plate readers (LPRs) that detail the whereabouts of vehicles.
Mounted on police cruisers, tow trucks, tollbooths, and elsewhere, license-plate readers are capable of snapping photos of thousands of license plates every hour. Information from these photos, including plate number, time, and location, is stored in
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