COLUMBUS: The Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is raising concerns about potential federal access to a state crime database, which would include facial recognition data.
The ACLU said Wednesday that any agreement allowing the FBI access to the database run by Ohioís attorney general would need public input.
The civil liberties group obtained records from the attorney generalís office indicating discussions about such an agreement were in the works.
At issue is a searchable database that provides investigators near-instant access to records including driversí licenses, vehicle registrations, the sex offender registry, and defendantsí criminal history.
Dan Tierney, a spokesman for the attorney general, says the FBI hasnít made a formal request and any decision would include input from groups like the ACLU.
The FBI didnít immediately comment.