Face Recognition Policy Development Template For Use In Criminal Intelligence and Investigative Activities   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Face recognition technology can be a valuable investigative tool to detect and prevent criminal activity; reduce an imminent threat to health or safety; protect the public; help identify persons unable to identify themselves, or deceased persons; and improve security and officer safety. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), for example, is using face recognition software to search the internet for these children. In the past, determining someone's identity was a manual drawn-out process of viewing mug shot images. The use of face recognition software is helping to streamline this process by returning investigative results quicker. The purpose of face recognition technology is not a new one, it's simply enabling law enforcement entities to complete an existing process more efficiently. [...] This policy development template was developed by state, local, and federal law enforcement, privacy, and criminal justice partners to provide law enforcement, fusion centers, and other public safety agencies with a framework for developing face recognition policies that comply with applicable laws, reduce privacy risks, implement minimum required training for authorized users and examiners, and establish entity accountability and oversight. In addition, this template includes policy provisions on collection, access, use, dissemination, data quality, security, redress, retention and purging, and accountability and enforcement, with an overall focus on ensuring the integration of P/CRCL [Privacy, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties] protections in face recognition processes."

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