ICE Abandons "Extreme Vetting" Software to Screen Visa Applicants

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has dropped a plan to use machine learning software to determine if a visa applicant might commit a crime or terrorist act. Last year, EPIC joined over 50 privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights groups to oppose the plan, stating that the "initiative was tailor-made for discrimination." EPIC has pursued several FOIA cases to uncover the use of secret algorithms by government agencies to score people, including EPIC v. CBP about the "Analytical Framework for Intelligence" that generated secret "risk assessments" on US travelers. In testimony for the 9-11 Commission, EPIC warned that "the use of information technology to identify individuals that may pose a specific threat to the United States" is a "complex problem [that] necessarily involves subjective judgments."

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