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Tech & Science DHS may require US citizens be photographed at airports

02:50  04 december  2019
02:50  04 december  2019 Source:   ap.org

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DHS proposes MANDATORY facial recognition checks for US citizens at airports . Proposed in a recent filing, the DHS requested a change to the current rules in order to “provide that all travelers, including US citizens , may be required to be photographed upon entry and/or departure” from the

Currently, US citizens can opt out of the facial scans, which have been occurring at major US airports . But last month, the Department of Homeland Security proposed amending the rule to require everyone submit to the facial scans.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, travelers walk through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City. Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers, including American citizens, be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019, file photo, travelers walk through a security checkpoint in Terminal 2 at Salt Lake City International Airport, in Salt Lake City. Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers, including American citizens, be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Federal officials are considering requiring that all travelers — including American citizens — be photographed as they enter or leave the country as part of an identification system using facial-recognition technology.

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Homeland Security wants to expand facial recognition checks for travelers arriving and departing the U . S . to also include citizens , which had “Time and again, the government told the public and members of Congress that U . S . citizens would not be required to submit to this intrusive surveillance

The US government may make it mandatory for all travelers, including US citizens , to submit to a facial scan when traveling through an airport . The facial scans from DHS have already been rolling out across more than a dozen US airports . Part of the goal has been to identify people who overstay their

The Department of Homeland Security says it expects to publish a proposed rule next July. Officials did not respond to requests for more details.

Critics are already raising objections.

Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said Tuesday he will introduce legislation to block the plan and prohibit U.S. citizens from being forced to provide facial-recognition information. He said a recent data breach at Customs and Border Protection shows that Homeland Security can’t be trusted with the information.

Facial recognition is being tested by several airlines at a number of U.S. airports. American citizens are allowed to opt out of being photographed, although a 2017 audit by a federal watchdog agency found that few U.S. travelers exercised that right — barely more than one per flight.

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The US Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) is pushing to impose mandatory facial recognition scans on all Americans entering or leaving the Travelers, including US citizens , should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel.

The US Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) is pushing to impose mandatory facial recognition scans on all Proposed in a recent filing, the DHS requested a change to the current rules in order to “provide that all travelers, including US citizens , may be required to be photographed upon entry

Federal law requires Homeland Security to put into place a system to use biometrics to confirm the identity of international travelers. Government officials have made no secret of their desire to expand the use of biometrics, which they say could identify potential terrorists and prevent fraudulent use of travel documents.

Homeland Security announced the possibility of expanding biometrics to U.S. citizens in a recent, brief filing. A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of Homeland Security, said there would be a chance for the public to comment on any change in regulations.

In a November 2018 report, Homeland Security said facial recognition is the best biometric approach at borders because it can be done quickly and “with a high degree of accuracy.” The agency said privacy risks “are mostly mitigated.” Photos used to match Americans to their identities are deleted within 12 hours, according to the report.

Jay Stanley, a policy analyst for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the government has told the public and Congress repeatedly that American citizens would be exempt from mandatory biometric screening.

“This new notice suggests that the government is reneging on what was already an insufficient promise,” Stanley said in a statement. "Travelers, including U.S. citizens, should not have to submit to invasive biometric scans simply as a condition of exercising their constitutional right to travel.”

Homeland Security is walking back its plans to use facial recognition on US citizens travelling internationally .
The Department of Homeland Security will not require travelling US citizens to participate in a facial recognition screening, the agency announced Wednesday. The announcement reverses a DHS proposal last week that would have mandated that all US citizens have their faces scanned when travelling internationally. Facial recognition scanning is already a requirement for non-citizens who travel in the US. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

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