Tag Archives: facial recognition

GAO: Policymakers Should Support Increased Training on Use of Forensic Algorithms

Facial Recognition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has presented three possible actions policymakers can take to address challenges related to the use of forensic algorithms by law enforcement agencies and one is supporting increased training for criminal investigators and analysts. GAO noted that training on human factors could help reduce risks related to analyst error and enable users to understand and interpret the results.

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GAO’s Gretta Goodwin: Agencies Should Monitor Employees’ Use of Facial Recognition Systems

Gretta Goodwin

Gretta Goodwin, director of Homeland Security and Justice at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), said GAO assessed the use of facial recognition systems by federal law enforcement agencies and recommended that agencies should take measures to track their employees’ use of non-federal systems for criminal investigations.

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DHS Hosting Event to Find Next Generation of Facial Recognition Technology; Arun Vemury Quoted

Arun Vemury

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (DHS S&T) Directorate will host an event in Sept. 2021 to assess commercially made facial recognition technologies. DHS's Biotechnology Rally will assess how these technologies from different companies perform in different environments and challenging scenarios.

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Army-Led Multisector Team Creates Dataset for Thermal Facial Recognition

U.S. Army

Army Research Laboratory (ARL) has developed a large set of thermal face data to support facial recognition in dark environments. The team used a long wave infrared camera to capture over 500,000 thermal images of 395 faces. Thermal data on a subject's head pose, expressions and eyeglasses serve as references to reproduce physical conditions.

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DHS Tests Ability of Biometric Acquisition Systems in Identifying People With Face Masks

Facial Recognition

Preliminary test results of the third Biometric Technology Rally held by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) science and technology (S&T) directorate in the fall of 2020 showed that biometric acquisition tools as well as matching algorithms were up to 96 percent accurate in identifying individuals with protective face masks.

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CBP to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Tech in Entry-Exit Process

Customs and Border

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has proposed to amend rules to expand the use of facial recognition systems to improve the process of verifying the identity of foreign visitors arriving and departing from airports, sea ports and land ports. “Full implementation at for land and sea ports of entry will follow after CBP has tested and refined its biometric exit strategies in those environments,” the notice reads. 

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