Secret Service testing facial recognition
facial recognition program is being tested by the U.S. Secret Service in the vicinity of the White House.
The agency started the program late last month, and its existence was publicized by the ACLU on Tuesday.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has said that the facial recognition software will only be used to identify volunteer Secret Service members in public spaces, but there is no way to separate the images of volunteers and pedestrians walking in front of the White House.
In a document outlining the program, DHS suggests people who do not wanted to be captured on camera “may choose to avoid the area.”
The images from the facial recognition software will be used to match with “people of interest,” which at this point is volunteers in the program, according to DHS.