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CBP meets with privacy advocates again to discuss biometric entry and exit


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have met with privacy advocates for a second time to discuss the controversial Biometric Entry/Exit Program and related public-private partnerships, Homeland Preparedness News reports.

Facial recognition technology is being piloted at eight international airports in the U.S., and CBP has set up partnerships with airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson International, John F. Kennedy International, and Boston Logan International to integrate facial recognition into the boarding process.

CBP officials including Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, John Wagner, Department of Homeland Security Chief Privacy Officer Sam Kaplan, and CBP Privacy Officer Debra Danisek first met with privacy advocacy groups in August to discuss the privacy implications and mandate of the biometric exit program.

Since then, the program has received additional criticism from Georgetown University’s Center on Privacy & Technology and the Cato Intitute. As previously reported, the International Biometric + Identity Association (IBIA) fired back against the Georgetown report in January.

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