Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has appointed a panel to review use of new facial recognition software by law enforcement in Ohio to see if adequate safeguards are in place, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The members of the panel include former and current judges, prosecutors, public defenders and police officials.
The appointments to the panel came after likely Democratic challenger David Pepper criticized DeWine for not publicly announcing the launch of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, a network that allows police agencies to easily share data such as criminal histories, evidence submissions, information about missing child or gangs and records from the Bureau of Motor Vehicle. OLEG also has for years provided access to Bureau of Motor Vehicle records. Through that system, police can access BMV records, including the photos from driver licenses.