ICE Uses Facial Recognition To Sift State Driver's License Records, Researchers Say

2019-07-17

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents mine millions of driver's license photos for possible facial recognition matches — and some of those efforts target undocumented immigrants who have legally obtained driver's licenses, according to researchers at Georgetown University Law Center, which obtained documents related to the searches.

Federal agencies have not gotten congressional approval to use state DMV records as a massive database, says Alvaro Bedoya, the founding director of Georgetown Law's Center on Privacy & Technology. He adds that the searches often take place without state residents' awareness or approval.

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Posted by: Pat Monks