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The IRS: Tracking License Plates

April 18, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


We’ve alerted you about government agency tests of license plate scanner technology which can scan, track and log EVERY vehicle that passes by, it now appears that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to track your license plates and is part of an overall multi-govt-agency contract worth nearly half a million dollars to a license-plate-tracking company in California.

According to government procurement records obtained by Bloomberg.com, California-based Vigilant Solutions received $415,000 to provide access to license plate databases or tools used to collect plate information and has been receiving such work since 2009.

“Especially with the IRS, I don’t know why these agencies are getting access to this kind of information,” said Jennifer Lynch, a senior staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF.org), a San Francisco-based privacy-rights group. “These systems treat every single person in an area as if they’re under investigation for a crime — that is not the way our criminal justice system was set up or the way things work in a democratic society.”

Brian Shockley, the Vigilant Solutions vice president of marketing, said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, the information has been used to “solve crimes and save lives,” The company has local, state and federal agency customers, he said, declining to comment about its work for the federal government and how it may have supported national security.

“The American public deserves to know the degree to which the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies are already tapping into these databases,” said Kade Crockford, a project director with the ACLU of Massachusetts.

The surveillance state grows… but, the IRS?

“The natural progress of things,” “is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.”

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