Federal Authorities Want Your Driver’s License Photos – Consent Not Needed.

Federal Authorities Want Your Driver’s License Photos – Consent Not Needed.

Millions of Americans’ photos are unknowingly being accessed by Federal authorities without approval from Congress or even your consent. According to a report by The Washington Post, state driver’s license databases have been breached by authorities in what some are calling an “unprecedented surveillance infrastructure.”

Others are viewing it as a system based on “ask-permission-later” practices. Photos of citizens who were never charged with a crime nor wanted as a subject of an investigation make up a majority of these photos in the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) systems.

It is reported that the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been utilizing these databases. A senior counsel at a government watchdog by the name of Jake Laperruque spoke with The Washington Post and was quoted saying, “It’s really a surveillance-first, ask-permission-later system.” According to Laperruque, the FBI alone “does 4,000 searches every month, and a lot of them go through state DMVs.”

Initially, neither ICE or the FBI responded to comment requests by Fox News, but later in the day ICE told Fox in a statement,

 

“Due to law-enforcement sensitivities, ICE will not comment on investigative techniques, tactics or tools.  During the course of an investigation, ICE has the ability to collaborate with external local, federal and international agencies to obtain information that may assist in case completion and prosecution efforts. This is an established procedure that is consistent with other law-enforcement agencies.”

Fox News ultimately was advised by the FBI to refer to last month’s testimony of a top agency official. According to the testimony, the official commented that facial-recognition is crucial to “preserve our security.”

An article from The Post explains that their:


“exclusive report cited internal documents obtained by a public-records request by researchers from Georgetown Law. The report, citing a Government Accountability Office memo last month, also said that since 2011, the FBI has logged 390,000 facial-recognition searches in various departments, including the DMV.”

 

The report went on to point out that 21 states allow this practice but that some cities have banned the procedure, one being San Francisco.

The paper reportedly received an email from House Oversight Committee Chairman, Elijah Cummings (D-MD), indicating that this procedure of nonconsensual photo access is often done in the “shadows” by law enforcement.

 

Shadows or no shadows, our private information is being accessed by Federal officials when more often than not it is irrelevant to their case. This should be looked at very closely and with much scrutiny.

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Author: 777 Media Source

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