US Lawmakers alarmed by feds’ use of facial recognition

For years, the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have used facial recognition technology to search through millions of Americans’ driver’s license photos, hoping to find criminals and people living in the country illegally.

But that has only recently become public knowledge, and it has sparked outrage and privacy concerns from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Now, they are calling for strict regulations over the use of biometric technology.

On Wednesday, the House of Representative’s Homeland Security Committee grilled the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, Secret Service and Department of Commerce to get to the bottom of what many consider a breach of privacy and trust.