Just over a year ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sought a contractor to build and operate a national license plate reader database. After some controversy, that plan was eventually pulled.
According to a new ad posted Thursday, the agency now wants to “obtain query-based access to a commercially available License Plate Reader (LPR) database.”
The new effort specifically says the agency is not creating a new database but wants to access a private LPR database—almost certainly one belonging to Vigilant Solutions, a California company that claims to hold over 2.2 billion reads. Federal authorities already have access to local LPR data from local law enforcement through federally funded, regionally administered “fusion centers.”
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