Watchdog Report: FBI Facial Recognition Programs Are Quasi-Illegal

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According to a Government Accountability Office (GOA) report from May of this year, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) facial recognition programs are violating public privacy and raises civil liberties concerns.

Despite many studies showing that facial recognition software is incorrect more often than not when identifying minorities, women and under 20-somethings,

The sixty-eight page report details how the FBI could not confirm the accuracy of the program which gives law enforcement the ability to search databases of photographs from passports, driver’s licenses, and mugshots taken by various governmental agencies.

Using the brought online the Next Generation Identification System (NGIS), the FBI has access to a gigantic biometric database that uses images and facial recognition software (FRS) to identify criminals.

gao.fbi.facial.recognition.pentagon.state.department_occupycorporatismThe GAO report revealed that the Facial Analysis, Comparison and Evaluation (FACE) Services has allowed certain FBI agents to access the State Department and the Pentagon and check on individuals who have never been suspected of any criminal or terroristic activities.

So far an estimated 411 million facial images have been compromised by the FBI; and yet nearly a half-billion in total could have been violated.

Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Georgetown Center on Privacy and Technology (GCPT) said : “These photos may not be stored on FBI servers, but the FBI has, in effect, created a nationwide face recognition system that includes not just criminals, but tens of millions of law-abiding Americans who were never notified of this enrollment.”

Bedoya continued: “We found out that [the FBI] have no idea if they’re misusing it or not. They’ve literally never done an audit.”

Concerning privacy expectations, Bedoya said: “When you turn 16 or 17, you don’t go down to the police station and give them your fingerprints; you go get your driver’s license. Turns out, it’s the same thing as far as the FBI is concerned. They might not be storing these photos at Quantico but it has built, in effect, a nationwide biometric database using driver’s license photos. It’s breathtaking.”

The FBI has been using the faulty facial recognition software and databases much more “than had previously been understood” which is worrisome because “the FBI hasn’t done enough to audit its own use of facial recognition technology or that of other law enforcement agencies that partner with the FBI, nor has it taken adequate steps to ensure the technology’s accuracy.”

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