Federal immigration officials are ramping up efforts to crack down on people who lack legal residency status. As part of those investigations, some states have been asked to provide photos from driver’s licenses so the feds can use facial recognition software for identification and location purposes.
Gov. Mike DeWine says federal authorities have been able to access Ohio’s facial recognition database that includes Ohioan’s driver’s license photos. But DeWine says those photos shouldn’t be used for sweeping surveillance “dragnets” of Ohioans.
DeWine says, as attorney general, he appointed two separate bipartisan groups that came up with rules to ensure law enforcement agencies that have access to the state’s facial recognition database are not using it improperly.