Today, the surveillance operation runs nationwide while remaining unchecked. No state has passed legislation to deter it and few civil liberty groups have used their voice to promote awareness. One of these groups is the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a nonprofit that works to defend civil liberties in the digital world.
In an interview with Watchdog Arena, EFF spokesperson Dave Maass said it’s hard to pinpoint just one rationale behind the development of the national license plate reader program. Regardless of its goals, Maass says, “Maintaining a massive database of locational data on everyday people is a disproportionate response to the amount of crime the DEA seeks to investigate.”