SALT LAKE CITY — Utah public safety officials denied reports this week that the state allows U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to mine Utahns’ driver’s license photos using facial recognition technology.

But the state Department of Public Safety allows law enforcement, including federal agencies such as ICE, access to residents’ driver’s license and driving privilege card information, including photos.

“I think those policies are really loose,” Salt Lake immigration attorney Aaron Tarin said. “I don’t think DPS even has a full handle on how much data the feds are getting from them.”

In 2017, Tarin noticed what he described as an “undeniable statistical pattern” of ICE agents detaining people after they renewed their state-issued driving privilege cards.

Tarin, Sen. Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City, and now-retired Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, D-Salt Lake City, met with now-retired Public Safety Commissioner Keith Squires and deputy commissioner Nannette Rolfe to talk about the issue.

The public safety department put out a statement after the meeting saying detailed discussions determined that there had been no apparent misuse of the Utah Criminal Justice Information System.

But the statement went on to say that “all law enforcement functioning within the state of Utah, to include federal law enforcement, have access to the Utah …read more

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