EFF says TSA facial recognition proposal part of dangerous overreach

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued a “call to action” over a proposal by the U.S. Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) to collect facial images and iris scans under the PreCheck application program, which the EFF says paves the way for “a massive violation of privacy” by the Department of Homeland Security. As previously reported, the TSA ran a pilot project over the summer to evaluate the use of fingerprints by travellers as a boarding pass and identity document at

CBP begins 30-day facial recognition pilot at JFK airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have deployed facial recognition technology at one TSA checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days. CBP is partnering with TSA in this pilot project to assess the use of biometric technology to verify international travelers’ identities at a TSA checkpoint using international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs. “As we continue to deploy technical demonstrations, CBP is assessing the use of biometric

DHS, TSA testing touch-free fingerprint scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can speed up the processing time for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began performing a series of proof-of-concept tests for new fingerprint technology with the help of S&T’s Biometrics Technology Engine and Apex Screening at Speed program. The touch-free scanners, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., allows travelers to use their

TSA PreCheck and TWIC enrollment available at six Maryland DOT locations

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and MorphoTrust USA have set up IdentoGO centers to offer TSA PreCheck and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) enrollment at six MDOT MVA locations in Maryland. MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, has enrolled five million travelers in the TSA PreCheck program, three million in the past year alone. The trusted traveler program allows U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to quickly move through security at U.S. airports

OT-Morpho reports surge in TSA PreCheck enrollments in last year

MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, has enrolled five million travelers in the TSA PreCheck program, three million in the past year alone. The trusted traveler program allows U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to quickly move through security at U.S. airports in expedited lines without removing shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. The enrollment service is run exclusively by IdentoGO, a service made by MorphoTrust. The company saw enrollment surge from two to five million travellers

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

Privacy group raises concerns about use of airport biometric solutions

The Electronic Privacy Information Center has raised concerns about the use of facial recognition and fingerprints to reduce friction points for airline passengers. Last week, the TSA announced that it is launching a pilot program for new biometric checkpoint screening technology using fingerprints at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport and Delta and CBP announced they will be piloting facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta and New York airports. Delta also announced

TSA piloting biometric border control technology at Atlanta, Denver airports

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Instagram that it will launch a pilot program this week for new biometric checkpoint screening technology at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport. The transportation agency is conducting a proof of concept demonstration to assess the operational and security effects of using fingerprint recognition to verify the identities of passengers. Through the biometric authentication technology, travelers are able to use their fingerprints as both a boarding

TSA recruits 11 more airlines for PreCheck expedited security screening program

The Transportation Security Administration announced that 11 new participating domestic and foreign airlines have joined the PreCheck program, which brings the total number of participating airlines to 30, according to a report by USA Today. The newly joined international airlines include Emirates, Avianca, Sunwing Airlines, Aruba Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Spirit Airlines, Boutique Air, Southern Airways Express, Key Lime Air, Miami Air International and Xtra Airways. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program for American citizens that eliminates the need

DHS calls on industry to share solutions for the biometric exit program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to share solutions in support for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Biometric Exit Program. According to the RFI, CBP intends to add biometrics to confirm when foreign nationals are departing the United States, in order to deter visa overstays, to identify criminals, and to defeat imposters. “It’s a very helpful RFI,” said Michael Dougherty, CEO of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association. “In short order it