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ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers


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Using facial recognition technology on a driver's license.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of Maryland driver's license photos without first obtaining state or court approval, according to officials in Maryland.

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Maryland officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of state driver's license photos without first obtaining state or court approval.

The technology could allow ICE agents to run a photo of an unknown person through the system, to see if it matches any potentially undocumented immigrants.

Maryland grants special driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, and advocates see the state's allowance of these ICE searches as a betrayal.

Georgetown University Law School's Harrison Rudolph warned that the searches could impact everyone because of the potential for misidentification due to documented racial biases in certain facial recognition algorithms.

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