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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Has Admitted There Is No Practical Way for Americans to Avoid Having Their Movements Tracked by Its License Plate Readers

CBP published its new assessment — three years after its first — to notify the public that it plans to tap into a commercial database, which aggregates license plate data from both private and public sources, as part of its border enforcement efforts.

The U.S. has a massive network of license plate readers, typically found on the roadside, to collect and record the license plates of vehicles passing by. License plate readers can capture thousands of license plates each minute. License plates are recorded and stored in massive databases, giving police and law enforcement agencies the ability to track millions of vehicles across the country.

The sad details may be found in an article by Zack Whittaker and published in the TechCrunch web site at https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/10/cbp-license-plate-surveillance/.

Categories: Offline Privacy & Security

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