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Wednesday 4th August 2021 12:04 PM
ICE Used Facial Recognition To Search DMV Databases
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been using facial recognition technology to investigate driver’s license data in numerous states, including three that distribute driver’s licenses to undocumented migrants, the Washington Post reports.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), alongside ICE, has gotten access to millions of Americans’ photos from their access to DMV files, including in Utah, Vermont, and Washington. These states offer a driver’s license or limited permit to undocumented immigrants.
Researchers from Georgetown Law received thousands of email records and facial recognition requests placed by the agents to the DMVs within the last five years and gave them to the Post. The data show that the DMVs in Utah and Vermont complied to these requests, the New York Times reports, and yet it hasn't been clear if Washington state carried out the requests. In Utah, the Post reported, there had been about 1,000 requests made between 2015 and 2017.
San Francisco and Somerville, Massachusetts, have forbidden these agencies from accessing their citizens’ DMV records, attributing their reasoning to a breach of public trust.
As the Post notes, police generally have access to information such as for example fingerprints but the DMV data lets access to photographs that they then match with suspects. The DMV’s complicity varied, according to reports: While some required court order, in some other cases, a mere email to the DMV including a “probe photo” would suffice. The DMV authorities would then search their data for a potential match and provide it to the officials.
“These states have never told undocumented people that when they apply for a driver’s license they are also turning over their face to ICE,” Harrison Rudolph, an associate at Georgetown, explained to the Times. “That is a huge bait and switch.”