New York arrests 4000 with face recognition-enabled license system

29/08/17

Municipal authorities have revealed that the city has arrested 4,000 people in connection to identify theft or fraud crimes following the introduction of face recognition tech.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that as many as 16,000 people face some type of non-criminal administrative action in connection to the state's facial-recognition program, which was adopted in 2010.

"The use of this facial recognition technology has allowed law enforcement to crack down on fraud, identity theft, and other offenses—taking criminals and dangerous drivers off our streets and increasing the safety of New York's roadways," Cuomo said in a statement. "We will continue to do everything we can to hold fraudsters accountable and protect the safety and security of all New Yorkers."

The state last year increased the measurement points of a driver's license picture from 64 to 128. The DMV said this vastly improves its chances of matching new photographs with one already in a database of 16 million photos. As many as 8,000 new pictures are added each day.

At least 39 US states use some form of facial recognition software.

New York's DMV photo database is not among those databases forwarded to an FBI program containing about 411.9 million facial recognition images of people who have committed no crimes.

Among those ensnared in the new high-tech net was Randolph Robinson who tried to obtain a New York driver’s license of a man he moved furniture for, authorities said.

When the state system flagged him and he realized his license wasn’t mailed in a matter of days, Robinson flew to Florida, where he could get a license immediately at a DMV counter, officials said.

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