By Sonia Roubini, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project:
“The Drug Enforcement Administration is using its license plate reader program not only to track drivers locations, but also to photograph these drivers and their passengers, according to newly disclosed records obtained by the ACLU via a Freedom of Information Act request.
One internal 2009 DEA communication stated clearly that the license plate program can provide the requester with images that may include vehicle license plate numbers (front and/or rear), photos of visible vehicle occupants [redacted] and a front and rear overall view of the vehicle. Clearly showing that occupant photos are not an occasional, accidental byproduct of the technology, but one that is intentionally being cultivated, a 2011 email states that the DEA’s system has the ability to store up to 10 photos per vehicle transaction including 4 occupant photos.'”
– “Five Important Questions About DEA’s Vehicle Surveillance Program”
By Rachel Levinson-Waldman, Brennan Center for Justice at NY University School of Law.
A MUST READ!