Immigration Agents to track license plates

The agency says it will not upload any photos it obtains into the system, and will only be able to search through the records as part of their on-going investigations.

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency recently signed a contract with Vigilant Solutions to gain access to a massive license plate recognition database according to a report from TheVerge.

The contract will give the agency the ability to search through the massive database, which contains over two billion photos of license plates from around the country. Vigilant Solutions has partnered with law enforcement agencies and private businesses around the country to create the database. They ingest over 100 million new entries each month into the database. Those entries are tagged with the date, time and GPS coordinates.

With access to the data, an agent searching for a plate will be able to track the movements of a vehicle over the course of five years. They would also be able to create real-time alerts to notify them whenever a new record of a specific plate is loaded into the system.CNN reports that ICE stated they are not “seeking to build nor contribute to a national public or private LPR database.

“Like most other law enforcement agencies, ICE uses information obtained from license plate readers as one tool in support of its investigations. ICE conducts both criminal investigations and civil immigration enforcement investigations. 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.

The agency says it will not upload any photos it obtains into the system, and will only be able to search through the records as part of their on-going investigations.

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