• Multiple federal agencies use unregulated facial recognition technology to aid criminal investigations.
  • Facial recognition technology is more likely to misidentify Black, Asian, and Indigenous persons.
  • 13 agencies did not have up-to-date information on what non-federal systems are used by their employees

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security met Tuesday to discuss the unfettered use of facial recognition technology by federal law enforcement.

Both experts and committee members from both parties expressed concerns about the current use of facial recognition technology, including its invasion of individual and community privacy, procurement of images without proper consent, and high misidentification rates of nonwhite individuals.

From its survey of 42 federal agencies that employ law enforcement officers, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 20 federal agencies own systems with facial recognition technology or use systems owned by other entities. GAO Director Gretta Goodwin testified that these systems can contain millions or billions of photos. 


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