FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches – The Washington Post

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.

Source: FBI, ICE find state driver’s license photos are a gold mine for facial-recognition searches – The Washington Post

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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.

What:

  • 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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