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ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

  1. Original Date Announced

    December 22, 2017

    ICE contracts with Vigilant Solutions to access its national license plate reader (LPR) database. The database allows users to track data about a vehicle's location gathered from sources like local law enforcement and vehicle repossession agencies. [ID #298]

    ICE Notice: Access to Commercially Available LPR Database Go to article on

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Interior
Agencies Affected: ICE


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