The state DMV databases form the bedrock of an unprecedented surveillance infrastructure, allowing federal investigative and immigration agents to scan millions of Americans’ faces without their knowledge or consent.
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A short, scary report to start your day: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are said to be using photos from state driver’s licenses to create surveillance infrastructure, according to a report in the Washington Post, later backed up by additional report in the New York Times.
- Without consent from drivers, state Department of Motor Vehicle registries have been mined for facial data.
- This includes up to 641 million photos in 21 states,
- From a Government Accountability Office report: “Since 2011, the FBI has logged more than 390,000 facial-recognition searches of federal and local databases, including state DMV databases.”
- According to the reports, this has been done without Congress or state legislation okaying it.
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Well, they “OWN” us. Argh!
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