CyberScoop reports that nearly 75% of all Americans could have their licenses accessed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which has already performed face scans for at least one-third of all U.S. adults' licenses.
The ICE could also leverage utility records to determine the locations of 75% of adults, according to a report from researchers at Georgetown Laws Center for Privacy and Technology, which also showed that ICE surveillance technology spending has spiked from almost $71 million to $388 million between 2008 and 2022. The report also showed that most state and federal lawmakers were not privy to the extent of the ICE's surveillance practices.
"What this report shows is the way that the federal government has used the corrupt legal and policy framework around immigration enforcement as a means for expanding radical surveillance powers over immigrant communities in particular, but also over everyone indiscriminately," said Center for Privacy and Technology Executive Director Emily Tucker.
The Federal Trade Commission narrowly voted to explore new regulations on commercial data surveillance, saying the growing practice raises the risk of data breaches, manipulation of consumers and other harmful practices.
Twitter has affirmed that it has been breached as a result of the exploitation of a security vulnerability that has enabled the matching of phone numbers or email accounts with any Twitter account, indicating a significant privacy risk to users around the world, according to CyberScoop.