The FBI and, no doubt, many other agencies we do not know about, are routinely accessing the driver's licence photographs of individuals in America to aid in investigations. To make matters worse, there seems to be little oversight of this, with many states requiring little more than a written request, without any court order or other judicial inquiry.
I cannot be alone in imagining this technology and practice may be routinely carried out in other countries - such as the one with the highest concentration of CCTV cameras in the world (cough, UK, cough).
The Washington Post revealed this story on Saturday. Those of a nervous disposition may not want to read more about it here