FCW: CBP’s facial recognition program at airports is expanding but concerns remain

August 2, 2022

Jeramie Scott, senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, also spoke about the potential for “mission creep.”

He recommended that Congress add new requirements like barring the program’s use of one-to-many facial recognition technology (a more controversial method that compares a photo against a database of images, as opposed to matching two photos) and requiring that the system only be used for this particular program, as well as mandating annual third-party audits. 

“Unless regulations are put in place to end or at least limit the biometric entry-exit use of facial recognition technology, the program will continue to expand well beyond its intended purpose,” Scott said, calling the expansion of the system a “tool of surveillance.”

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