EPIC Urges CBP to Stop Collecting Unnecessary Photos from Migrants at Southern Border

November 30, 2021

In comments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), EPIC urged the agencies to rescind a proposed change to their pre-arrival information collection program for migrants. The new policy would require migrants to submit a photo in advance for a facial recognition identification once they reach a CBP border crossing. CBP does not need the pre-arrival photo to facilitate border crossings.

EPIC has joined a number of coalitions urging a ban on facial recognition including: an international letter opposing the technology, a statement of concerns on police use of FR, and EPIC’s Ban Face Surveillance campaign. EPIC recently endorsed legislation that would ban federal law enforcement use of facial recognition and pressure state law enforcement to do the same.

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