Best Practices Coming to Light as Facial Recognition Technology Moves from Government to Mainstream Commercial Usage
Facial recognition systems have been widely used in government agencies for years. The FBI has a Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System (NGI-IPS) program and state Motor Vehicle Agencies have been doing facial recognition to protect drivers from identity theft since the first system went live back in 1995. In fact today, the U.S. DMV market has over 40 states using facial recognition to help protect citizens from identity theft. Government agencies have long understood the scrutiny from the public regarding the security and privacy of biometrics and have developed best practices and Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) practices with major implementations. More recently, the state Motor Vehicle Agencies thru the AAMVA trade organization published The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) Facial Recognition Program Best Practices in August 2015 that gives guidance to all state DMVs implementing facial recognition technology.