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DEA License-Plate Scanners Snap Photos of Drivers and Passengers

The ability of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s license-plate scanners to snap photographs of drivers and their passengers raises privacy concerns in the age of facial-recognition software, a civil liberties group said.

The American Civil Liberties Union obtained records about the system’s photographic capabilities and published them today. Last month, the organization released a trove of records about the DEA program license-plate program, which deploys more than 100 plate readers across at least eight U.S. states.