A policy in Indiana, Arkansas, Nevada and Virginia has been adopted that requires its citizens not smile in their driver license photo, according to a My Fox Atlanta article. The reasoning behind the new policies is that these four states have also adopted facial recognition software that utilizes the pictures taken for driver licenses, but the software has trouble matching up the same face with differing facial expressions.
Other items that are causing issues with the technology include glasses and hairlines. The new technologies have advanced in recent years; however, they have been in use since 1999 in the U.S. to impede people from getting fraudulent state issued IDs. The next state trying to move forward with the technology is Washington where they have already begun a pilot program of the software.
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