Vermont AG says DMV facial recognition program violates state law

The Vermont attorney general has determined that the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles’ use of facial recognition technology is not fully compliant with state law and that the program should continue to be suspended unless the Legislature gives the DMV authority to use biometric technology. Earlier this year the ACLU raised concerns that the program, which includes 2.7 million images of license applicants and has previously been shared with police, is in violation of a Vermont law that prohibits using

ACLU against FBI request to access Ohio facial recognition database

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has recommended that the state denies the FBI from accessing its law-enforcement database due to privacy concerns over facial recognition technology, according to a report by AllGov. Public records requests have revealed email exchange between the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and the FBI discussing access to the state’s OHLEG database. In a letter sent Monday to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the ACLU of Ohio addressed its concerns regarding the FBI’s potential

Ekin Technology granted patent for all-in-one LPR, speedometer, and facial recognition scanner

Turkey’s Ekin Technology was recently granted a U.S. patent for a light bar with an integrated license plate reader (LPR), speedometer, and facial recognition capability, according to a report on Ars Technica. Agencies ranging from the FBI to the California attorney general’s office have expressed their interest in the “Ekin Patrol” technology but privacy advocates are concerned. “The facial recognition equivalent of license plate reader scanning has always been a civil liberties nightmare,” Jay Stanley, an analyst at the American

Albuquerque police using facial recognition technology

After testing various facial recognition technologies for the past two years, the Albuquerque police department (APD) said it is regularly using a program to catch criminals, according to a report by ABC KOAT 7 Albuquerque. The APD Real Time Crime Center division said it recently used the software to identify a shoplifting suspect, although it did not specify the name of the software vendor. Using an image of the suspect taken from surveillance video, APD were able to match it

Privacy advocates pull out of U.S. facial recognition discussions

Privacy advocates announced today that they will abandon the U.S. government’s effort to establish voluntary protocols for facial recognition technology. As originally reported over two years ago, the National Telecommunication and Information Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, developed a consultation process to examine the commercial use of the technology and write a voluntary code of conduct for private companies that use it. According to the government, stakeholders discussed how best facial recognition data could be

Privacy and civil rights groups outline regulations for police body cameras

A coalition of over 30 privacy and civil rights organizations, including the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union, have released a list of recommended regulations for the use of police body cameras in the U.S., according to a report by the International Business Times. The new guidelines follow several incidents throughout the U.S. in which police body cameras failed to show what occurred during a shooting involving a police officer. The coalition offered five primary guidelines that encourage law

Washington State city considers implementing new fingerprint ID system

Mercer Island, Washington is contemplating on signing an interlocal agreement with King County to install fingerprint identification systems in police cars that are designed to improve efficiency, according to a report by Mercer Island Reporter. Provided by the County, the new $1,150 mobile ID devices are designed to help police officers identify suspects in the field that are lying about their names or other key information. Remote searches are able to provide an ID response in under two minutes, which

Ohio’s facial recognition program has potential for misuse, say critics

After more than a year after the Ohio government rolled out a new facial recognition program designed to help state law enforcement officers better detect suspects, many say the system can still be potentially misused. Developed by Optimum Technology, the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway is an online database that allows Ohio law enforcement agencies to share criminal justice information on criminal histories (including mug shots), evidence submissions, missing children, gangs and protection orders, in an effort to solve and prevent

Civil liberties groups reject IBIA biometric “best practices” recommendations

The International Biometrics and Identification Association (IBIA) recently issued a “best practices” document listing numerous recommendations on how to best deploy biometric technology for commercial situations. The IBIA is participating in the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) effort to develop a voluntary code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in a commercial environment. The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights is an initiative of the Obama administration that seeks to

ACLU wants legislation to enforce facial recognition privacy measures

While the American Civil Liberties Union has endorsed the use of a voluntary code of conduct for companies to utilize in order to maintain privacy in the face of emerging facial recognition technologies, the lobby group would rather legislation be passed which enforces privacy measures. “While voluntary codes of conduct represent an important step in protecting biometric information from exploitation and misuse, it is impossible to protect against the negative effects of this powerful technology fully without government intervention and