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    FBI, ICE using state driver's license photos without consent for facial recognition

    FBI, ICE using state driver's license photos without consent for facial recognition searches: report

    BY OWEN DAUGHERTY - 07/07/19 05:12 PM EDT 453



    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have reportedly been using driverís license photos for facial-recognition searches without the license holders' knowledge or consent.

    The Washington Post reports
    the two agencies have used millions of Americansí photos largely from driverís licenses for the purpose of facial recognition searches, citing internal documents and emails from the two agencies that were obtained by Georgetown Law researchers over the past five years and shared with the news outlet.


    The photos give the agencies a new layer of information on Americans and a new tool to potentially track both criminals and those who have never committed a crime, according to the Post, which adds that Congress has not authorized any such development of a facial recognition system.


    Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed their dismay over reports that the federal agencies were using driverís license photos.


    ďLaw enforcementís access of state databases,Ē particularly DMV databases, is ďoften done in the shadows with no consent,Ē House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) told The Post in a statement.


    Last month at a hearing regarding facial recognition technology, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Americans have not given consent to use their photos for facial recognition searches.


    ďNo individual signed off on that when they renewed their driverís license, got their driverís licenses. They didnít sign any waiver saying, ĎOh, itís okay to turn my information, my photo, over to the FBI.í No elected officials voted for that to happen,Ē Jordan said.


    While it was previously known that the FBI has used federal and local databases for more than 390,000 facial-recognition searches since 2011, the Postís reporting showed the extent of the searches goes much farther.


    The findings are particularly salient as ICE agents across the country are cracking down on undocumented immigrants under the Trump administration.


    "Due to law-enforcement sensitivities, ICE will not comment on investigative techniques, tactics or tools," ICE said in a statement to The Hill. "During the course of an investigation, ICE has the ability to collaborate with external local, federal and international agencies to obtain information that may assist in case completion and subsequent prosecution. This is an established procedure that is consistent with other law enforcement agencies."


    The Hill has reached out to the FBI for comment.


    Some U.S. cities, most notably San Francisco, have already banned the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and public agencies, citing the need to preserve civil rights and its residentís privacy.

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