DHS wants to implement mandatory facial recognition at the border

Daily CallerThe Department of Homeland Security is proposing a rule that would allow the government to use facial recognition data to identify everyone traveling to and from the country, including U.S. citizens.

Non-citizens traveling through U.S. airports have been required to get their fingerprints scanned and have their picture taken since the mid-noughties. American citizens have enjoyed the choice of opting out of this requirement. However, in a recent regulatory filing, DHS is pushing to require all international travelers — including U.S. citizens — have their photograph taken.

Before you blame Trump, note the "required by statute" part. I still don't like it, but they already have your picture. I just don't see it doing enough good to outweigh the inevitable false positives.

(They give a 99% match rate, which sounds good, but that's only checking the much smaller pool of non-citizens; if a million US citizens get checked that's 10,000 mismatches even assuming the error rate holds up after you increase the candidate pool of matches dramatically).

This entry was published Fri Dec 06 01:47:22 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-12-05 22:35:38.0. [Tweet]

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