Police Use Facial Recognition Tools With Little Oversight, Study Says – The New York Times

A new report by a think tank at Georgetown University is calling for greater oversight of the use of emerging facial-recognition software that makes the images of more than 117 million Americans — a disproportionate number of whom are black — searchable by law enforcement agencies across the nation.While the agencies, like the F.B.I., have historically created fingerprint and DNA databases primarily from criminal investigations, many of the photos cataloged are of law-abiding Americans, according to the report released on Tuesday.The report found that 16 states allow law enforcement officials to compare the faces of people suspected of criminal acts to photos on driver’s licenses and other forms of identification without a warrant, “creating a virtual lineup of their state residents,” the report said.

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