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Ohio Defends Use of Facial Recognition Program

Local and Ohio state law enforcement have used facial recognition software several thousand times since June to match images of possible suspects and victims to pictures on Ohio drivers’ licenses, the state’s attorney general said Monday, The Associated Press reports.

Attorney General Mike DeWine told reporters that he didn’t think he needed to notify the public about the program’s launch because it was long discussed during meetings with law enforcement agencies and groups. In addition, he says, officers have had the ability for decades to access photos and records from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the article reports.

So far, the program has been used almost 2,677 times since June 6. No one has been charged as a result of its use, and no new pictures are being collected for a database, the article says.

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