Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Agencies' Use and Related Privacy Protections
Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Agencies' Use and Related Privacy Protections, GAO-22-106100, June 2022
In August 2021, GAO reported its survey results on facial recognition technology (FRT) activities, which found that 18 of 24 agencies reported using FRT for one or more purposes, with digital access and domestic law enforcement as the most common. For example, two agencies reported testing FRT to verify identities of persons accessing government websites and other agencies used FRT to generate leads in criminal investigations. Agencies also reported accessing FRT systems of other entities, such as those owned by other federal agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector. In addition, ten agencies reported conducting or supporting FRT-related research and development. For example, the Department of Justice reported conducting applied research on the relationship between skin tone and false match rates in facial recognition algorithms, among other efforts.
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