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BMV photos worry Muslim group
by Chrissie Thompson
The launch of Ohio's new facial recognition system has led to violation of the religious rights of Muslim-Americans, a civil rights group says.
Some Muslim women who wear head coverings have complained that driver's license photographers have asked them to adjust their scarves to expose their hairline and ears, features they cover for religious reasons. Sikh men and women have also been asked to remove their turbans, the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Friday in a statement.
The facial recognition technology can best match the driver's license photo with a snapshot of a person if all the person's features are exposed in both photos, as it measures the distance between the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, for instance.
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