Attorney General wants review of information sharing system

Critics call use of facial recognition software intrusive.
Associated Press
Sep 12, 2013
Ohio’s attorney general wants an advisory panel to review security and protocols for the state’s entire law enforcement information-sharing system, not just its use of facial recognition technology.

Since June, local and state law enforcement officers have been able to use facial recognition software to match images of possible suspects or victims with Ohio driver’s license photos. Critics called the technology’s use intrusive, and Attorney General Mike DeWine appointed the panel to study whether more protocols were needed for using the software.

He told panel members during their first meeting Tuesday that it makes sense to review not only facial recognition but the full Web-based system, the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

“Now that this working group is here, I think we need to do something that frankly hasn’t been done in 10 years, since (Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway) went into effect,” DeWine said.

The searchable system, used by about 300 Ohio agencies, give police and other investigators nearinstant access to records including driver’s license and vehicle registrations, the sex offender registry and the computerized criminal history at the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, BCI superintendent Tom Stickrath said.

There are more than 30,000 approved users, with 10,000 conducted daily, the newspaper reported.

“Everyone agrees it is a valuable law-enforcement tool, and we want to have it available for them, but we need to make sure people’s privacy interests are protected,” said Yvette McGee Brown, one of two former Ohio Supreme Court justices who lead the ninemember working group.

Misusing the system is a fifth-degree felony. The system is available wherever authorities have Internet access, which means users create an electronic footprint that can be tracked in investigations of possible misuse.

The board will meet again Sept. 20 and hopes to hear from users and from information-technology workers who can discuss safeguarding the system against hackers.

Comments

Peninsula Pundit

DeWhine is just reactive in this issue.
He wasn't gonna do a darn thing if no one said anything.
Or, he is so inept (and his past behavior tends to back this scenario), that he didn't know what was going on.
Regardless, the citizens of Ohio deserve better.
We need an AG who is alert and a defender of our laws and rights.
This guy has been hopping from public job to public job, always feeding at the trough and not earning his feed.

SamAdams

I don't believe for a second that DeWine didn't know what was going on. He's not stupid, nor is he ignorant. No, he's much, much worse than that: HE DOESN'T CARE. He has always based his actions on one thing and one thing only, and that's saying or doing whatever it takes to make himself look good and thus keep his job.

You're right: I expect he's only doing something now because so many people complained. Actually, he's not really doing ANYthing. He's just SAYING he's doing something (which is checking into things — any bets as to whether or not anything will come of it?). Regardless of any education otherwise, Mr. DeWine is a professional politician. Need I say more?

HoraceMann

I think we should be less concerned about what they learn about us than what they're allowed to do with the information.