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Gov’t Tracks License Plates, Shares With Third Parties

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

August 22, 2012

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that U.S. Customs at the Canadian and Mexican borders records travelers’ license plates and shares the data with the Department of Homeland Security, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), Forbes reports. A nonprofit, the NICB is comprised of hundreds of car insurance firms. Electronic Privacy Information Center Attorney Ginger McCall said, “This is warrantless collection of very private data…It’s being shared with unknown organizations, not just in the government where there may be Privacy Act protections but outside the government with third parties, possibly in contravention of the Privacy Act.”
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