23 Sep Biometric Security System Used at Airports Worry Privacy Advocates
Privacy advocates have recently expressed their concerns regarding the use of facial recognition and fingerprint readers, saying that while these technologies help process passengers faster, it could move towards a form that could step on privacy rights in the future.
At present, some select US airports require travelers to have their photo taken, which will be compared against a database to check if the passenger is indeed on the list. If the system doesn’t find a match, the passenger will be subjected to additional screening.
The CBP said that if travelers do not want to have their biometric information taken, they should just refrain from traveling. Adam Schwartz of Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) replied to the statement, saying that it means that the CBP is not really giving passengers a choice, and by delaying people who don’t want to give up their information, they are not getting full consent.
Source: Biometric Update