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Counting the Cars on the New Jersey Turnpike: Surveillance Revealed

Justice Department has been scanning license plates, tracking driving habits since 2008

Big Brother is watching you…every time you drive your car on the New Jersey Turnpike.

In a massive surveillance program that didn’t come to light until information about it was released in response to Freedom of Information requests by the ACLU, the Justice Department has built a national database tracking the driving habits of millions of people, including drivers on the NJ Turnpike. The program, which uses automated license-plate readers, has been in existence since 2008.

“Why is government doing it? Any time government wants to do something, one has to ask the question. Why? And when they’re collecting information about the people one has to be very careful about that,” said state Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll.

Read the full report by NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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