FC: Criminal lineups use photos from driver's licenses

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Mar 10 2002 - 08:46:33 PST

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    [For police, any database of driver's license photos is an informational 
    motherlode. (If your photo isn't digitized yet, it soon will be.) Below we 
    see this lode being mined for criminal lineups. Next we'll see it being 
    used as a database for face recognition cameras. And so on. --Declan]
    From: "paul music" <pmusicat_private>
    To: "DeClan" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Criminal lineups use driver's license photos
    Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 01:20:25 -0600
    Criminal lineups use drivers' photos
    Senator wants state practice stopped as invasion of privacy
    By Julia C. Martinez
    Denver Post Capitol Bureau
    Wednesday, March 06, 2002 -
    Ever been in a criminal lineup?
    Maybe you haven't, but the picture on your driver's license might have, and 
    could be in the future.
    Legislation to restrict law enforcement's use of face-recognition 
    technology shed new light Tuesday on the practice, which surprised many 
    Law enforcement routinely scans the state's driver's license photographs to 
    find look-alikes for criminal photo lineups.
    Are you a heavy blond female, with long hair and freckles?
    Maybe a 40-ish male with dark hair, mustache and spectacles?
    Whatever your description, if it matches the facial characteristics - or 
    even the composite - of a suspect, your photograph could be among those 
    laid out alongside the photo of an alleged armed robber or murderer for a 
    witness or victim to identify.
    The pictures are among some 9 million in Colorado's Division of Motor 
    Vehicles database available to law enforcement. Joan Vecchi, the state's 
    operations manager for Driver Control, said use of license photos for 
    criminal lineups has never been an issue.
    But the practice shocked Sen. Ron Teck, a Grand Junction Republican who 
    told the Senate Judiciary Committee he wants to put an immediate stop to it.
    "No one I know had any idea this was going on," said Teck, co-sponsor of 
    House Bill 1071, which restricts law enforcement's use of the Division of 
    Motor Vehicles' face-recognition technology, but allows authorities to 
    continue to access DMV's photos for their criminal lineups. "I was a bit 
    appalled. What if my wife's picture were chosen at random. . . . What would 
    the effect be on my wife?"
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