WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) — Facial recognition is on the rise. The FBI has the ability to use your driver’s license photo without you knowing it.
According to a report released by the United States Government Accountability Office last month, the FBI and ICE are using state driver’s license databases into its facial recognition software.
The report says several states allow law enforcement to access DMV records — records that contain your picture — in order to catch criminal suspects who may look like you.
It is an issue that some feel causes privacy concerns.
“They can take this personal data of mine and I don’t know how they’re using it. That’s really frightening to me,” one woman FOX 5 spoke to Tuesday said.
The report claims federal investigators have working relationships with several states.
In D.C. and Maryland, FBI investigators can actively search and use your photos.
State agencies in Virginia, however, have no negotiations for photo use with the FBI at this time.
FOX 5 has reached out to the FBI for comment on the privacy issues but we’ve yet to hear back from them.