The Justice Department has acknowledged constructing a database to track the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S. in real time.
The program, whose existence was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, is primarily overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to combat drug trafficking near the U.S.-Mexico border. However, government emails indicate that the agency has been working to expand the database throughout the United States over the past several years.
A Justice Department spokesman told Fox News that the tracking program is compliant with federal, claiming it "includes protocols that limit who can access the database and all of the license plate information is deleted after 90 days." In 2012, a DEA agent testified before a House subcommittee that the program was inaugurated in December 2008 and information gathered by it was available to federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.
It is not clear whether the tracking is overseen or approved by any court.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
You are being watched and tracked all of the time. Do you care? From Fox: