Report: ICE to Track License Plates
The Mercury News reports on 1/26/18:
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is accessing a Bay Area company’s massive license plate database, increasing fears of activists worried about a federal immigration crackdown.
Livermore-based Vigilant Solutions’ database contains a couple of billion license plate images, according to a report by tech news site the Verge. The data is collected in conjunction with law enforcement and other agencies throughout the nation, according to the company’s website.
“Like most other law enforcement agencies, ICE uses information obtained from license plate readers as one tool in support of its investigations,” ICE spokeswoman Danielle Bennett told this news organization Friday. “ICE is not seeking to build a license plate reader database, and will not collect nor contribute any data to a national public or private database through this contract.”
ICE signed a contract in December with West Publishing, which is partnering with Vigilant Solutions. When reached for comment Friday, Vigilant Solutions would not confirm its deal with ICE.
“As policy, Vigilant Solutions is not at liberty to share any contractual details,” Vigilant said through a spokesman.
Vigilant said the license plate data can’t be linked to personally identifiable information unless paired with access to a state’s Department of Motor Vehicle database. Access to that database is restricted by the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), which carries stiff fines and federal prison penalties for any violation, the company said.”
The story continues at the link above.