COLUMBUS -- A team of lawyers, judges and law enforcement officials is now in place to come up with do's and don'ts to be used to protect the public's rights in police use of facial recognition technology.
Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the panel Thursday.
The group's been charged with reviewing existing protocols and safeguards to prevent abuse of the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway, which is the secure Web-based law enforcement platform for electronic tools, databases and other technology that helps law enforcement investigate and stop crimes.
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This week, DeWine acknowledged the state had begun using facial recognition technology to help lawmen scan driver's license photos in their investigations.
It began about three months ago, but there was no formal announcement.
DeWine admitted there should have been some publicity to launch the program.
The American Civil Liberties Union demanded the program be temporarily halted while rules to protect the public are created.
DeWine declined to do that.
Members of the Group include:
- Yvette McGee Brown, former Ohio Supreme Court justice
- Eve Stratton, former Ohio Supreme Court justice
- James Stevenson, Shelby County common pleas judge
- Jan Long, Pickaway County juvenile judge.
- David Phillips, Union County prosecutor
- Dan Jones, Ohio public defenders' adminsitrative counsel
- Phill Stamitt, Lorain County sheriff
- Steve Robinetter, Grove City chief of police
- Dr. Kent Harshbarger, Montgomery County coroner
The first meeting of the panel will be Tuesday, Sept. 10, with a time and place to be selected.
All meetings will be open to the public.
DeWine wants the group's recomendations by Oct. 25.