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Governor: Use of Facial Recognition Software Led to 2,500 Arrests

PRIVACY—U.S.

March 6, 2013

New York state officials say the Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) use of facial recognition software for driver’s licenses since 2010 has resulted in more than 2,500 arrests for identity theft, NBC News reports. New York’s DMV has investigated 13,000 cases of potential identity fraud using the software. In addition to the arrests, more than 5,000 individuals have faced administrative action, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Privacy advocates, however, say the use of facial recognition technology poses risks. “One potential problem, from a privacy standpoint, is the sharing of facial recognition databases with other governmental and non-governmental entities,” said EPIC’s Ginger McCall.
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