Tell Congress: Ban ICE and FBI from accessing DMV databases!
Petition to Congress:
We demand you immediately take action to ban ICE and FBI agents from accessing state DMV databases for facial recognition scanning.
If you have a state-issued driver’s license or ID, chances are high that ICE and FBI agents have seen your face.
Recent reporting reveals that ICE and FBI agents routinely use state DMV photos for facial recognition scanning1 – without consent from millions of ID-holders across the country. Tell Congress to protect your face from ICE. Sign the petition: Ban ICE and the FBI from using DMV photos for facial recognition.
You might be asking, “how is that even legal?” and the answer would surprise you: Technically, it’s not. Neither Congress or state legislatures have authorized ICE and the FBI to access state DMV databases for facial recognition scanning. But until there’s an explicit ban, ICE and the FBI can continue to just ask DMVs for facial recognition scans.
By now, it’s common knowledge that facial recognition technologies are fraught with racial and gender biases. Even though facial recognition technology uses complicated algorithms for matching faces, they still can’t accurately tell black, brown and female faces apart from each other. That racial and gender bias becomes exponentially dangerous in the hands of individual ICE and FBI agents.
Congress can permanently ban ICE and FBI agents from using DMV photos for facial recognition scanning, and there’s already growing support. Which means your voice is crucial to building public support for a facial recognition ban. Tell your member of Congress: Ban ICE and the FBI from using DMV photos for facial recognition.