The FBI doesn’t think its facial recognition software has problems, but Congress does

Representatives from US law enforcement agencies appeared before a House committee June 4 to defend their use of facial recognition technology in investigations.

In a follow-up to a May congressional hearing in which Democrats and Republicans alike criticized the technology’s encroachment on privacy and civil liberties, law enforcement officials made clear to the House oversight committee that they do not share Congress’s reservations about facial recognition—and, in some cases, have very different definitions of “oversight” than the oversight committee does.

In addition to testimony from FBI and the Transportation Security Administration representatives, the committee heard from Gretta Goodwin, director of homeland security at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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