A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department has been building a national database to track the movement of U.S. drivers around the country through license plate tracking. The database is capable of tracking vehicle movement around the U.S. in real time. According to the article, the program is run by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The goal of the program is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking. The database’s use has also included looking for vehicles associated with crimes other than drugs. Many state and local law enforcement agencies also have access to the database.
The database raises new questions about privacy and is considered by many an unsettling and unconstitutional expansion of government surveillance. The article can be found here.
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