Prison » The Trump administration wants to expand face-scanning at airports ASAP

March 12, 2019

The Trump administration is pushing hard for the installation of facial recognition technology at the biggest airports in the US, with a goal of eventually using it to track every international passenger who passes through them. Including Americans.

That’s according to documents uncovered by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the contents of which were reported by BuzzFeed News — including details of an executive order President Trump signed in March 2017 mandating a fast rollout of biometric verification for all travelers coming into the US.

That executive order also stipulated the Trump administration’s goal of installing facial recognition capabilities at the top 20 US airports by 2021 to track “100 percent of all international passengers.” It’s a tall order, of course, and naturally comes with a slew of privacy risks and the need to implement myriad safeguards, with privacy advocates arguing this appears to be a rush job that could have ominous consequences.

This all stems from an Obama-era piece of legislation putting the pieces in place for a biometric tracking system, with Trump officials now apparently rushing to implement such a system that would track more than 100 million international travelers on more than 16,000 flights per week.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 6:58 am

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