WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Homeland Security Department has abruptly reversed course on plans to allow a private company to give it access to a nationwide database of license plate tracking information, officials said Wednesday.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement department was going to use the license plate data in pursuit of criminal immigrants and others sought by authorities.
However, the department said new Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered that the contract proposal be canceled.
Homeland Security officials said the contract notice was posted without "the awareness of ICE leadership."
Johnson is ordering a review of the original proposal.
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