Fewer Police Have Access To Facial Recognition Software

File photo(Photo: Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation)
File photo(Photo: Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says fewer than 6,000 law-enforcement officers statewide now have access to facial-recognition technology.

The controversial system rolled out last year allows police to take an image of an unknown person and run it through a database of 23 million Ohio driver’s license photos and prison mug shots to try to establish a match.

About 30,000 police officers and others could directly access the system when it was first deployed. The American Civil Liberties Union and others complained it invites abuse and privacy violations.

Access has now been cut to 5,594, according to numbers released by DeWine’s office this week. That’s a drop of 29 percent since April.

The technology has resulted in at least one murder arrest.

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