CBP asked to disclose about use of biometrics at U.S. entry and exit points

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge to order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, according to a report by Law 360. The Department of Homeland Security has been fast-tracking the system based on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The move comes just a few weeks after EPIC urged the TSA to consider other options for expanding

EPIC urges TSA to consider other options to expanding biometric identifiers for Pre-check

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) urged the Transportation Security Administration to consider other options for expanding the collection of biometric identifiers for the TSA Pre-Check application. In its comments to the agency, EPIC explained the dangers of biometric identifiers being used for purposes other than determining eligibility for Pre-Check, along with the many personal privacy risks for applicants if the databases related to Pre-Check were breached, Additionally, the organization proposed privacy enhancing alternatives, including limiting the storage

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over biometric database system

Privacy group Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a lawsuit against the FBI, earlier this month, to force the agency to release all documents related to its plan to provide the Department of Defense with access to biometric information, according to a report by On the Wire. The biometric data — which includes fingerprints, iris images, and facial photos — is stored on the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which the agency has been using for a few years. “With

Public drones equipped with facial recognition software raise privacy concerns

In a partnership with CNN, drone manufacturer PrecisionHawk and BNSF Railroad, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will test-fly an undisclosed number of small drones for collecting news, according to a report by Buzzfeed. The move follows a February drafting of FAA rules governing commercial drone operations across the country, which would require commercial drones to fly below altitudes of 500 feet and remain within the line of sight of the operator on the ground. Despite these requirements, the

Election Commission of India to synchronize Aadhaar with EPIC by 2016

The Election Commission of India has devised a plan to “embed” and synchronize the Aadhaar database with that of the Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC) to help prevent duplication or forgery at election polls, according to a report by The Economic Times. Chief Election Commissioner H S Brahma said the poll panel has already begun the process by coordinating with the Aadhaar’s parent body UIDAI. He anticipates the plan to be fully implemented by early 2016. “We have decided to

Epic publishes comments on DHS biometric border management

Public interest research group, Epic – the Electronic Privacy Information Center — has just published its comments and suggested specific security measures in regards to the Department of Homeland Security’s biometric border management system. The advocacy group’s recommendations come following a DHS request for comment published in April regarding its Office of Biometric Identity Management’s (OBIM) data collection efforts. From Epic’s submission: “Specifically, EPIC recommends that DHS: (1) impose strict information security safeguards on its biometric information collection and limit its dissemination

EPIC files FOIA lawsuit against FBI for details on biometric database

Public interest research group, The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI to obtain documents about the agency’s Next Generation Identification database. The database in question contains biometric identifiers, and is intended to provide an incremental replacement of the FBI’s current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) technical capabilities. According to the FBI’s website, the contract to create this system was awarded to Lockheed Martin Transportation and Security Solutions.  According to EPIC’s complaint, the