Records show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI have been secretly scanning millions of Americans’ photos in state driver’s license databases without their consent. The documents — thousands of emails and facial recognition requests made over the last five years — were first acquired by Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology through public-records requests.
Is this surveillance unusual? Authorities routinely scour criminal databases, but mining photos of residents, even those with clean records, is something that hasn’t been approved by lawmakers, some of whom argue that licensees are unaware of the potentially error-prone practice.
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