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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

DHS Building National License Plate Reader Database -- Cameras can identify, track vehicles on watch lists -- By: CJ Ciaramella, The Washington Free Beacon

APThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking to build a national license plate reader database, according to a recent job posting for government contractors.

The posting, first reported by Ars Technica, seeks a contractor to build a national license plate recognition database for DHS and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

Automated license plate recognition (ALPR) technology uses cameras to identify cars, alert police departments if they match a license plate on a “hot list,” and track their movements.

“In support of its public safety focus, ICE, consistent with other law enforcement agency practice, is exploring the ability to obtain access to a National License Plate Recognition database—allowing officers and agents to identify subjects of ongoing criminal investigations,” Gillian Christensen, a DHS spokesperson, told Ars Technica. “The database could only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations.”

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