ICE and FBI Have Used Facial Recognition Technology to Mine DMV Databases

HeadlineJul 08, 2019

Meanwhile, The Washington Post reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement and FBI officials have mined the databases of multiple state Department of Motor Vehicles records, using facial recognition technology. This includes at least three states where undocumented residents are allowed to obtain driver’s licenses: Vermont, Utah and Washington. Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have blasted the practice, which has not been authorized by Congress. Immigrant and communities of color have warned that facial recognition can be easily weaponized to target and criminalize vulnerable populations.

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