The ACLU of MA has filed a lawsuit against MassDOT’s RMV over how the agency handles the state driver’s license database

The ACLU of Massachusetts, together with Ropes & Gray, filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), seeking information about how the agency uses and grants access to its state driver’s license database for face surveillance purposes.

MassDOT’s Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) database contains photographs of every person who has applied for a state-issued ID—a dataset that includes millions of people. Since 2006, the department has made this database available to law enforcement agencies for face surveillance purposes without legislative authorization, external oversight, or public disclosure. Government use of face surveillance technology is unregulated in Massachusetts and nationwide, which poses unprecedented risks to civil rights.