FBI deployed mass tracking devices (cameras) across US that could record up to 1,800 license plates a minute, according to internal documents obtained by the ACLU, says London Guardian
…And So Did the DEA
As usual these days, one has to read the foreign press to find out what’s happening in our country. Just like the Soviet citizens had to do at the time USSR communist oligarchs controlled the media.
Anyway, the Guardian report, based on ACLU (American Civic Liberties Union) research, revealed today that NSA was not the only government agency breaking the law while collecting mass data on private American citizens. Check this out…
“Multiplied across the US, the ACLU has calculated that millions of Americans are subject to the surveillance, from which at its most extreme profiles of an individuals movement, behavior and associations could be created.
Jay Stanley, the ACLU’s expert on technology-related privacy issues, said that the heavily redacted documents released by the FBI left many questions still unanswered.
“As is so often the case, we are left with the feeling that the public should know more about the policies that the FBI has developed – if the agency has guidance relating to privacy concerns over this very sensitive technology, then the public should be told about it.”
DEA Also Using License Plate Readers to Take Photos of US Drivers, Documents Reveal
ACLU published DEA documents that show license plate-scanners also record humans, as face recognition helps government IDENTIFY WHO THEY ARE SURVEILLING
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using license-plate reader technology to photograph motorists and passengers in the US as part of an official exercise to build a database on people’s lives.
According to DEA documents published on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the agency is capturing images of occupants in the front and rear seats of vehicles in a programme that monitors Americans’ travel patterns on a wider scale than previously thought.
The disclosure follows the ACLU’s revelation last week about the potential scale of a DEA database containing the data of millions of drivers, which kindled renewed concern about government surveillance.
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