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Report: 30K in Ohio can use facial image data

CINCINNATI (AP) — A newspaper investigation has found that Ohio's new facial recognition system has fewer use restrictions than similar systems in other states.

The (Cincinnati) Enquirer/Gannett Ohio analysis was published Sunday (http://cin.ci/19oOyRa ).

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office launched facial recognition technology in June without a public announcement. The Republican said law enforcement in more than half the states used it.

Information gathered from all 49 other states and the District of Columbia revealed that no other such system in the U.S. allows as many as 30,000 police officers and court employees to search driver's license images, without audits or oversight.

State Rep. Rex Damschroder, a Fremont Republican, said the broader access available in Ohio means the state is "going to catch more criminals than any other state."

 

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