EPIC FOIA Notes #7
June 22, 2005
US-VISIT FINGERPRINT MISMATCHES = WATCH LIST
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Documents obtained by EPIC from the Department of Homeland Security
under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that visitors to the
United States have experienced problems being "processed" by
the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology
(US-VISIT) program. Complaints about the program include emails
between an airline and the Department about 32 crew members who
experienced fingerprint scanning mismatches that caused them to
be improperly flagged by government watch lists.
Watch list accuracy and redress rights of non-American visitors
to the United States.
US-VISIT is a border security program that records biographic,
biometric and travel information of over 28 million foreign visitors
to the United States each year. The program encompasses more than twenty
existing information systems, many of which are maintained and operated
by agencies other than the one in charge of US-VISIT.
Flaws in the border security system have fingered innocent travelers
as watch list matches.