05 Aug U.S. CBP Meets with Privacy Groups Over Biometric Exit Program in Airports
It has been reported that federal agencies have met with concerned privacy groups this week regarding the Customs and Border Protection (CPB) biometric exit program, an initiative currently testing facial recognition technology on departing passengers located in five U.S. airports.
CPB and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officers were present during the discussion, assuring privacy advocates that they will not violate privacy rights and remain committed to upholding travelers’ personal security.
The meeting is one of many efforts planned for open discussions with privacy experts. The issues raised in the meeting included how the Congress has yet to sanction the technology, and how U.S. airports might undermine privacy rights.
To date, the CBP released two privacy assessment studies to notify the public regarding its information collection procedures, including how it will utilize travelers’ data and and how personally identifiable information will be stored.