Immigration and Customs Enforcement has canceled a solicitation to create a license plate recognition database, saying it was issued without the awareness of agency leadership
The database service was supposed to help the agency “assist in the location and arrest of absconders and criminal aliens” by helping officers track where the vehicle has been, according to the solicitation posted on Fed Biz Ops.
“While we continue to support a range of technologies to help meet our law enforcement mission, this solicitation will be reviewed to ensure the path forward appropriately meets our operational needs,” said ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.
The solicitation also asked for the vendor to provide technical support, software upgrades and employee training. The technology was to include a smartphone alert function to allow users to interact with the database using at least one type of smartphone operating system such as Android.
The solicitation had also raised privacy concerns among various outside groups who said it would reveal too much personal information about people crossing the border.