According to The Wall Street Journal, the Justice Department has been secretly gathering and storing millions of records about U.S. cars and drivers. The program tracks license plates and is managed by the Drug Enforcement Agency.
The system was originally instituted to help the Drug Enforcement Agency seize assets related to drug traffickers. That's not all they track, though.
Reuters reports on how the program has changed:
But the use of the database had expanded to include hunting for vehicles linked to other possible crimes, including kidnapping, killings and rape suspects, the paper said, citing current and former officials and government documents.
If you're starting to worry about your privacy, then you're not alone.
The Wall Street Journal claims that the database is used in a wide variety of investigations.
The DEA, however, doesn't think anything is wrong. A Reuters writer explains:
A spokesman for the Justice Department, which oversees the DEA, told the paper the program complied with federal law. "It is not new that the DEA uses the license-plate reader program to arrest criminals and stop the flow of drugs in areas of high trafficking intensity," the spokesman was quoted as saying.
That's not the only government agency that's tracking you. The NSA is using apps to take your personal information. Click here to find out how to get government spies out of your life.