Law360: DHS Plan To Photograph All Travelers Faces Public Scrutiny

IRLI In The News

February 10, 2021

By Hannah Albarazi

The Biden administration is reopening a public comment period for a Trump-era U.S. Department of Homeland Security policy proposal requiring the collection of facial images and other biometric records from noncitizens entering or leaving the U.S., a system that critics say poses risks to civil liberties and individual privacy.

In a notice of proposed rulemaking set for publication Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it is reopening the public comment period for the Trump-era policy proposal which seeks to move the agency’s facial recognition entry-exit system out of the pilot phase and give the department the authority to install the technology at all ports of entry. The proposed rule also allows U.S. citizens to opt-out of the system.

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