"Any database that collects detailed location information about Americans not suspected of crimes raises very serious privacy questions,'' the ACLU's Jay Stanley told the paper. "It's unconscionable that technology with such far-reaching potential would be deployed in such secrecy. People might disagree about exactly how we should use such powerful surveillance technologies, but it should be democratically decided, it shouldn't be done in secret.''
The especially unsettling secret about the DEA's license plate reader program is that it's apparently designed to help federal authorities seize cars and assets, sometimes when a crime hasn't been committed. This is bad. Again, it's not news that license plate readers are out there in the wild, threatening to demolish Americans' privacy. But the details of exactly how the Feds are using the technology to gain an upper hand on criminals, regardless of civil liberties—well—the details are unsettling.
source: gizmodo.com by Adam Clark Estes