A data-collection firm is sharing license plate information with US immigration officials

ALPRDamian Dovarganes/AP

  • Irvine Company, a real-estate giant that runs 46 shopping centers in California, is sharing license plate information with a surveillance technology company that in turn provides access to that data to the US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency.
  • In 2017, Vigilant Solutions signed a contract to give ICE access to license plate database, sparking privacy concerns.
  • Vigilant Solutions provides the same services to various law-enforcement agencies, insurance companies, debt collectors.
  • Privacy groups have been critical of license plate databases and have described it as “a form of mass surveillance.”
  • Some cities have rejected Vigilant Solutions’s services outright due to it’s affiliation with ICE and its controversial enforcement policies for undocumented immigrants.

A real estate development company that operates shopping malls throughout California is sharing license plate information with a surveillance technology company that in turn provides access to that data to the US Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency.

Irvine Company, which runs 46 shopping centers in California, said it employs the services of surveillance company Vigilant Solutions, which claims to use automatic license plate readers (ALPR) to “keep the local community safe,” according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit digital privacy watchdog.

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