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Massachusetts Scans Drivers’ License Photos to Find Matches (Sometimes) with Crime Suspects

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts law enforcement agencies have a new privacy-invading trick: the state now scans millions of photos that have been taken for Massachusetts-issued driver’s licenses and other official ID cards are regularly scanned using facial recognition software that hunts for matches with pictures of suspects sought by law enforcement. I am sure that sounds like a good way to catch criminals. There is but one problem: the technology isn’t very accurate. It frequently identifies the wrong person as a possible criminal.

Even worse, the state government has moved quietly, providing little, if any, notice to the public before using such technology.

Didn’t George Orwell predict this many years ago?

Details may be found in an article by Matt Rocheleau in the Boston Globe at

Categories: Legal Affairs

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