'Unjustified and Unnecessary': DHS Could Use Facial Recognition on 97% of Departing Airline Passengers
September 14, 2020 | News | No Comments
The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that it expects to be able to use facial recognition technology to scan 97 percent of departing airline passengers within the next four years.
The department’s facial recognition program, officially titled “Biometric Exit,” is run by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a branch of DHS.
According to The Hill, the program “cross-references the images of departing passengers with a ‘gallery’ of images [and] photos from visa and passport applications. The matching service allows CBP to create a record of the passenger’s departure, which they can then use to figure out if the individual has overstayed their visa.”
Biometric Exit has raised alarm among privacy advocates.
Jeramie Scott, director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s Domestic Surveillance Project, told Buzzfeed in March that “it’s important to note what the use of facial recognition [in airports] means for American citizens.”
“It means the government, without consulting the public, a requirement by Congress, or consent from any individual, is using facial recognition to create a digital ID of millions of Americans,” Scott said.
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