22 Dec Experts Say Facial Scans at US Airports Violate Privacy
In a report released last Thursday, researchers at the Center on Privacy and Technology at Georgetown University’s law school, criticized facial scans at US airports, calling it an invasive tool that did not even go through a federal rulemaking process.
The authors also revealed that the technology has a high rate of error and is subject to racial bias. One of the authors, Harrison Rudolph, said that the Department of Homeland Security has not identified a single benefit resulting from the $1 billion program, and that the DHS didn’t need the system to catch travelers without a photo on file.
However, Homeland security officials defended the program and said that it is for the fulfillment of a decades-old congressional requirement preventing foreign visitors from overstaying their visas.
Source: NY Times