ICE used facial recognition to search state driver’s license databases in Utah, Vermont and Washington, records show

Civil rights activists complained Monday of the potential for widespread abuse following confirmation that at least three states have scanned millions of driver’s license photos on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement without the drivers’ knowledge or consent.

Public records obtained by the Georgetown University Law Center on Privacy and Technology provided the first proof that ICE asked for scans in Utah, Vermont, and Washington, which offer driving privileges to immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.