The danger of giant databases
In some cases, local police may be passing on information that they have collected on their own. But in many cases, they rely on–or supplement with–access to a multi-billion record database maintained by Vigilant Solutions. Vigilant, which was recently acquired by public safety tech giant Motorola Solutions, collects plate scan data from businesses such as insurance companies and parking lot operators, as well as from law enforcement.
ICE also has access to the Vigilant database through a contract from January 2018. (Information service Thompson Reuters facilitates the link to the database–one of many intelligence firms, along with Palantir and Giant Oak–that have come under fire for contracts with the agency.)