California might illegally start sharing driver's license photos to Federal facial recognition programs

03/22/2015 - 00:00

Ken Broder

The giant computer network that links law enforcement agencies across California—sharing oodles of personal information from its expanding database—is close to hooking up with the federal government’s own citizen surveillance system and those of other states despite some apparent legal hurdles.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a nonprofit digital civil liberties group, warns that preparation for the questionable privacy intrusion is buried beneath layers of acronyms, as CLETS seeks to connect to NLETS under the direction of CAC and SSPS. Those are not generally familiar notations, but their influence is sweeping.