FBI, U.S. Marshals, DEA, even local police know where you go…

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(Bob Unruh, WND) It’s not something that gets a lot of attention, but there are ALPRs all over the place.

The automated license plate readers are technology systems that capture plate numbers and add them to a database, along with the time and the location.

The information is used to track down fugitives and much more.

And it’s that “much more” that has privacy advocates alarmed.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation and a public records information site called MuckRock are joining forces to track down what happens when your tag is recorded in the database.

The privacy groups already know such information goes to police agencies, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals service and other agencies. Even those with nothing to do with traffic.

Now they’ve launched an effort to find out more about how the data is used and who has access to it. They plan to file Freedom of Information requests with about 1,000 data-using agencies.

EFF said police departments are routinely sharing ALPR data with “a wide variety of agencies that may be difficult to justify.”

“Police often shared with the DEA, FBI and U.S. Marshals – but they also shared with federal agencies with a less clear interest, such as the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Air Force base at Fort Eustis,” EFF said…

“In some cases, the records indicate the agencies were sharing with private actors,” EFF said…

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