Rights groups request U.S. probe police use of facial recognition | Daily Mail Online

  • Fifty civil rights groups signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday to investigate the databases
  • Facial-recognition databases are used by police to identify suspects 

Fifty civil rights groups have signed a letter asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate police use of facial-recognition databases following a report that half of America’s adults have their images stored in at least one searchable facial-recognition database used by local, state and federal authorities

They argue the technology disproportionately affects minorities and has minimal oversight.

Researchers even found The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona has enrolled all of Honduras’ driver’s licenses and mug shots into its database.

‘Innocent people don’t belong in criminal databases,’ said Alvaro Bedoya, Executive Director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law and co-author of the report.

‘By using face recognition to scan the faces on 26 states’ driver’s license and ID photos, police and the FBI have basically enrolled half of all adults in a massive virtual line-up.

‘This has never been done for fingerprints or DNA. It’s uncharted and frankly dangerous territory.’

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