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In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful

Council on AmericanAmerican -Islamic Relations, Relations, Ohio 1505 Bethel Rd. Suite 200 Columbus, OH 43220 Telephone: 216-830-2247 Fax: 216-830-2248 URL: //

August 29, 2013 Sent via US Mail and Facsimile Mike DeWine Ohio Attorney General 30 East Broad Street, 14th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 Fax: 614.466.5087 RE: Commission Commission to Study Protocols for Use Use of Facial Recognition Program Dear Attorney General DeWine, We have heard through media reports that you are preparing to appoint a commission to recommend protocols for the facial recognition program currently being implemented in large part via Ohio drivers license photos. As the nations largest Muslim civil rights organization with three chapters in Ohio serving hundreds of thousands of Ohio Muslims, we believe it is necessary for our organization to have a voice concerning the impact of the use of this software on Muslim religious communities in Ohio, particularly those wearing religious head coverings. We have already received calls and concerns about how this policy is impacting our constituents when they are getting their image taken at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. We hereby request that you consider a representative from our legal or executive staff to serve on the commission appointed to develop protocols for the facial recognition program. Sincerely,

Julia A. Shearson Executive Director, Cleveland Chapter Tel. 216.830.2247

Hannah Tyler Acting Executive Director, Columbus Chapter

Karen Dabdoub Executive Director, Cincinnati Chapter