The following is an excerpt from Julia Craven | October 19, 2016 | Huffingtonpost.com |
WASHINGTON ― Over 117 million American adults are included in facial recognition databases used by law enforcement agencies, according to a new study from Georgetown Law’s Center on Privacy and Technology.
“The Perpetual Line Up” found that 1 out of 2 adults appear in a facial recognition database. At least 1 in 4 state and local law enforcement agencies run searches with their own databases or another agency’s system (such as the FBI), or have the option to run searches in a system.
Clare Garvie, the report’s lead author, said one concern about the databases is underregulation.
“We have to rely on the police department that uses the technology to decide whether to put controls on how they use it — and what we found is that there are very few controls,” she told The Huffington Post.
The study found only one department out of 52 total where elected officials approve the department’s facial recognition use policy. Four of the responsive agencies have a policy that is made available to the public. Twenty-four departments did not provide a policy to the researchers and only one jurisdiction received legislative approval of its policy.
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