The latest so-called ‘Privacy Impact Assessment ‘ (PIA) made public by the US Department of Homeland Security, ‘CBP License Plate Reader Technology’, provides unsurprising but disturbing details about how the US government’s phobias about foreigners and drugs are driving (pun intended) the convergence of bordersurveillance and dragnet surveillance of the movements of private vehicles within the USA.
The main reason for the publication of the CBP License Plate Reader Technology PIA is to provide the public with ‘notice that CBP is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to leverage each other’s .. LPR [License Plate Reader] systems.’
Since at least 2007, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has had a network of license plate readers continuously monitoring and recording the license plate numbers and locations of vehicles near US borders. ‘Near’ and ‘border’ in this context are euphemisms: Federal regulations define the ‘border’ zone for purposes of CBP authority as including anywhere within 100 miles of any US border or seacoast, which puts roughly two-thirds of the US population within ‘border’ regions.
This post was published at Papers Please on DEC 19 2017.