The U.

S. Department of Homeland Security demanded the cancellation of a plan to access or buy commercial databases for tracking license plates nationwide after criticism from privacy advocates.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the department, had planned to use the information to help find fugitives and undocumented immigrants, according to a government document. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson directed the cancellation, according to the department.

“The solicitation, which was posted without the awareness of ICE leadership, has been canceled,” Gillian Christensen, a deputy press secretary at the agency, said in an e-mail yesterday. “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.”

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Fed Cancels Plans To Track Cars Nationally After Criticism From Privacy Advocates

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