Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Mall, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has reported that The Irvine Company shared license plate scanning technology records with ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Here’s the snapshot from SoCalTech.com:
The Irvine Company, which operates a huge list of shopping centers in Orange County and elsewhere, including Fashion Island and the Irvine Spectrum, is in the midst of a flap over license plate data sharing. The real estate development firm was accused of sharing license plate scanning data with ICE, according to a report from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The report claims that The Irvine Company started using driver license scanning at a number of its locations, using technology developed and operated by the company Vigilant Solutions–which is a contractor providing driver license information to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. In a statement released to the EFF, The Irvine Company said it is only use Vigilant’s license plate scanning data at “our three Orange County regional shopping centers” and that Vigilant can only share that data “with local police departments.”