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ICE gains access to nationwide license plate reader database

  1. Date Announced

    Dec. 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]

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  3. Subsequent Action

    December 27, 2017

    This PIA Update explains ICE’s operational use of LPR data it has procured and describes the privacy and civil liberties protections that have been implemented by the agency and the vendor.

    Privacy Impact Assessment Update for the Acquisition and Use of License Plate Reader (LPR) Data from a Commercial Service


The Verge: ICE strikes deal to track license plates

ICE has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.

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Records obtained by the ACLU of Northern California in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit detail ICE’s sweeping use of a vast automated license plate reader (ALPR) database run by a company called Vigilant Solutions. The FOIA reveals that since the end of 2017, more than 9,000 ICE personnel have had access to privately collected license plate scans from the 50 most populous metro areas in the US, as well as millions more scans from local law enforcement. The plate database, run by a company called Vigilant Solutions, could be used to "locate people" and "analyze patterns in offenses and offender" and enables ICE to be notified automatically whenever a tracked license plate receives a new read

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Thousands of ICE employees can access license plate reader data, emails show

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