Are Users of OH Police Database Checking Out “New Guy They’re Dating”?


Ohio's law enforcement database and its facial recognition software are open to 30,000 users, raising concern among advisory group members reveiwing its security, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Users that access the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG), include court employees such as clerks of courts, bailiffs and parole officers, along with out-of-state and national law enforcement agencies. The Bureau of Criminal Investigation updates its user list annually. That's not often enough, considering employee turnover, said former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Eve Stratton, who is co-chairing the advisory group. Yvette McGee Brown, another former Supreme Court justice and the other co-chair, said, “All of us who work in courts know employees who, there's a new guy they're dating, so they want to run him through the system to see if he's got a record, or they want to check out some girl that they want information on.”

The group has until Oct. 25 to make recommendations to Attorney General Mike DeWine on what audits, restrictions, security upgrades or other changes the state should make to OHLEG or the facial recognition system. The group was convened after an Enquirer investigation last month found DeWine's office launched a facial recognition system in June without informing the public and without first reviewing security for the database. The newspaper later reported that DeWine has been rushing to make security changes to the database, last week starting to require stronger passwords to help deter hackers.

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