Cato Institute calls biometric exit program “a big waste of money”

The Cato Institute is calling on the U.S. Congress to resist efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) biometric exit program through a DACA deal, calling it “a big waste of money.” In a post written by Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity immigration policy analyst David Bier, the Institute recognizes the security value and practicality of the biometric entry program, US-VISIT, saying it undermines visa fraud. The biometric exit program, in contrast, cannot be easily

Report questions necessity, effectiveness of Homeland Security biometric exit program’s facial scans

A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy and Technology casts doubt on the propriety and accuracy of a Department of Homeland Security pilot program to gather facial recognition scans from passengers taking foreign flights. DHS installed the system at nine airports under its biometric exit program without undergoing the required federal process for rule-making, according to the report, which calls the system an invasive surveillance tool. The report says the system has high error rates, and often fails

Los Angeles Airport trials contactless biometric boarding system from Vision-Box

Los Angeles Airport has begun a trial of a contactless self-service biometric boarding system from Vision-Box for travelers departing the U.S. The paperless solution captures a live high-quality image of the traveler’s face for matching by Customs and Border Protection against the digital facial token captured during the immigration process. This allows travelers to board the aircraft in just a few seconds without presenting a travel document or boarding pass, according to the announcement. It also allows the process of

Biometric exit program could extend to all major U.S. airports in four years

Biometric exit technology could be installed in all major airports across the U.S. within four years, Acting Customs and Border Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a Senate Finance Committee panel, FCW reports. “Beginning in early 2018, CBP is working to fully scale out air biometric exit and will spend 2018 working with stakeholders to get commitment to deploy biometric exit technology,” McAleenan said. CBP deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said earlier this year that the agency was “out of time”

DHS wants to passively scan faces of foreign nationals crossing U.S. border by car

The Homeland Security Department is seeking technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by land, verifying that the individuals entering the country are, in fact, the same ones leaving it, according to a report by Nextgov. On November 14, DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day to solicit solutions that would allow Customs and Border Protection scan individual’s faces. The face recognition technology would work even if the vehicle’s occupants are

DHS wants innovative solutions to speed up the border-crossing experience

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to implement technologies such as facial recognition to expedite the border crossing process, according to a report by GCN. In a series of solicitations, the agency’s Science & Technology Directorate detailed the solutions that will help Customs and Border Protection address the rising number of international travelers to the U.S. while optimizing the security level in airports across the country. DHS is specifically seeking technology to count and measure the number of travelers

CBP rolls out biometric exit technology at Miami International Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deployed facial recognition-based biometric exit technology at Miami International Airport (MIA) for a select outbound flight. The deployment builds upon a June 2016 facial recognition pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Using the flight manifest, CBP builds a flight specific photo gallery using photographs from the travel document the traveler provided to the airline. CBP then compares the live photo against the document photo in the gallery to ensure the traveler is the true

Trade association says airlines should not have to pay for biometric exit program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that airlines should not be responsible for paying for the new biometric exit program. Under the federal government’s new proposal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would record the facial biometrics of passengers when they leave the United States by air. IATA and Airlines for America recently met with CBP to discuss the proposed measures. Member airlines who participated in a pilot of the program reported that the technology will not significantly disrupt

Australian airport to trial contactless biometric scanners for travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection will soon trial “contactless” biometric technology at Sydney and Canberra’s international airports in the coming weeks, according to a report by The Straits Times. The pilot, which is a part of the federal government’s “seamless traveler” initiative, will allow international visitors to walk directly to their baggage without having to display their passports. The biometric data — which are based on faces, irises and possibly fingerprints and gait — will be matched against

JetBlue, CBP continue to work with SITA in biometric exit program

SITA announced the success of its biometric border technology used in a pilot program on JetBlue flights departing from Boston Logan International Airport and that it continues to work with the airline and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in this program. The pilot program, which launched in June on all flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport to Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport, has become increasingly popular with JetBlue customers. Passengers who opt in during the boarding process can simply walk up