Identity Strategy Partners issues recommendations for improving refugee vetting process

Janice Kephart, a partner at Identity Strategy Partners, issued a statement which included several recommendations for improving the vetting process for refugees. The move comes a few months after the former 9/11 Commission border counsel released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”. The United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), which is run jointly by the State Department with referrals from the United Nations and the U.S. Citizenship

Trump administration planning to expand facial recognition use at U.S. airports

The Trump administration is planning to expand the use of biometric facial recognition systems at airports around the United States, according to a report by International Business Times. The Biometric Exit project, which is currently undergoing a trial on a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, is designed to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition systems. “We currently have everyone’s photo, so we don’t need to do any sort of enrollment,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Larry Panetta recently

Maryland legislation would see task force study police use of facial recognition

A bill passed in the Maryland House of Delegates and currently under consideration by a Senate committee would see a task force formed to study police use of surveillance technologies, such as facial recognition software, according to a report by Capital News Service. If the bill, HB 1065, is passed, it would create the Task Force to Study Law Enforcement Surveillance Technologies, which would examine the state law enforcement’s use of surveillance tactics and make the appropriate recommendations. “This goes

U.S. legislators move to limit drone surveillance and facial recognition

Bicameral legislation was introduced last week to the U.S. houses of congress by Senator Edward J. Markey and Rep. Peter Welch to protect individual privacy from the growing number of government and commercial drones in use. The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act (PDF) has been referred to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce. “What happens if there are drones that are gathering, through facial recognition, who is shopping on Main Street and selling that

U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by Auburnpub.com. In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can

Former 9/11 Commission counsel recommends ways to improve travel ban executive order

Janice Kephart of Identity Strategy Partners, LLP released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (Jan. 27, 2017), as well as offered some recommendations as to how to improve on the plan. President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibits nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, along with calling for the expedited development of a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S. In

Canadian politicians lobbying against Trump’s biometric border screening initiative

Canada has started an under-the-radar lobbying campaign against the Trump administration’s planned biometric screening initiative for all visitors to the United States upon both entry and exit, according to a report by The Globe and Mail. The move follows last Friday’s executive order on immigration and refugees which also called for the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the completion of a biometric entry/exit tracking system. The expedited plans for the system could cause massive congestion of both people and

Biometrics entry-exit clause in Trump’s executive order could cause logistical problems

President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees, which proposes that all non-citizens be subjected to biometric checks when entering or leaving the United States, could lead to widespread logistical issues, according to a report by the Georgia Straight. The executive order calls for a U.S. ban on all visitors with visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S. Section 7 of the executive order, titled “Expedited

Introducing biometrics in the U.S. voting process: Q&A with Dave Gerulski

With the upcoming U.S. Presidential election just around the corner, voter ID fraud has become a controversial issue that is being debated among many states and the Obama administration. The debate involves whether or not requiring individuals to present their picture ID to vote is obtrusive, as it can make it more difficult to vote and negatively impact the overall voter turnout from low-income communities. Using fingerprint biometric technology, Americans would no longer require a state-issued form of ID. Instead,

Homeland Security targets 2018 for biometric exit at key U.S. airports

Last week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told a Senate committee that biometrics-based exit technology could expand to key U.S. airports by 2018. He told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on June 30 that the US$1 billion Congress allocated last year for a biometrics-based entry-exit system marked a turning point for the department’s efforts. Since 2004, multiple laws have been passed by the Congress that requires full implementation of a biometric entry-exit system at all ports-of-entry. However, the U.S. government