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Facial recognition surveillance is here — but privacy protections are not

On Wednesday, Congress held a hearing on the “problem of visa overstays” focusing, in large part, on the use of biometrics to address this problem.

In a little publicized section of Trump’s Immigration Executive Order, the president ordered Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry exit tracking system.” The purpose of the tracking system is to confirm who is entering and exiting the country to, for example, identify people who have overstayed their visas. Congress has already provided up to a billion dollars over the next ten years to implement the program.

 

 

 

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