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Facial Recognition Technology: Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Should Better Assess Privacy and Other Risks

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Bureau of Diplomatic Security The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security should implement a mechanism to track what non-federal systems with facial recognition technology are used by employees to support investigative activities. (Recommendation 17)
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In November 2021, the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security reported that the Bureau is developing internal controls and standard operating procedures to ensure that agents' and analysts' access to non-federal systems with facial recognition technology is adequately vetted. Furthermore, the bureau said these controls and procedures would ensure agent and analyst accounts are managed through a centralized account management process. As of November 2022, this recommendation remains open, and the agency estimated it would complete the actions to address this recommendation by the end of

Bureau of Diplomatic Security The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security should, after implementing a mechanism to track non-federal systems, assess the risks of using such systems, including privacy and accuracy-related risks. (Recommendation 18)
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In November 2021, the Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security reported that the Bureau has ongoing efforts to vet agents' access to non-federal facial recognition technology. In addition to these efforts, the Department said it intends to establish an internal review panel to evaluate and review any non-federal systems with facial recognition technology that employees might use. According to the Bureau, the panel would, for example, assess the provider's privacy assessments and practices and the internal processes for data collection to evaluate the risks of using a system. The Bureau said

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