Aug 25, 2021 - Technology

Federal agencies to expand use of facial recognition

A computer using facial recognition showing people being recognized
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Ten federal agencies plan on expanding the use of Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) by 2023, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released Tuesday.

Why it matters: How to use these technologies ethically and how to regulate related products will become major questions as more government agencies begin using them.

Driving the news: The ten agencies cited in the GAO report are the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Interior, Justice, State, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs.

The big picture: Many tech companies are stalling law enforcement's adoption of this technology.

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