More than 4,500 individuals at federal and local law enforcement agencies currently have access to a facial recognition database hosted by the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The program is part of the Ohio AG’s Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG), a platform for sharing digital tools and information between law enforcement agencies. Created as a way for state law enforcement to pool and collaborate on data and investigations, access has spread far beyond the state’s borders, complicating oversight of accuracy and potential misuse. MuckRock received a partial list of agencies with access from early February 2018 as part of a public records request; two additional sets of materials are forthcoming.
One statement later in the article pretty much sums up where things are at:
“In Ohio, there haven’t been any legislative moves to address privacy or accuracy concerns. “
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