FBI, ICE use driver’s license photos for facial recognition tech


The FBI and ICE are reportedly using driver’s license photos for facial recognition without consent. According to reports Monday, the two agencies compiled a facial recognition database of millions of people living in the U.S. between 2014 and 2017.

The database was designed to help law enforcement agencies battle crime and deport illegal aliens. However, some congressional Democrats say facial recognition could violate — what they call — the civil rights of illegals. Meanwhile, Republicans have raised privacy concerns.

And this: 

“The GAO — not Jim Jordan, not Republicans — the GAO says that when you guys started this, you didn’t follow the ecommerce law, you didn’t do privacy assessment, you didn’t provide timely notice, you didn’t conduct proper testing, and didn’t check with the state system that you’re gonna interact with. So, that’s the back drop, that’s the framework.”

— Rep. Jim Jordan, (R) Ohio