Are Facial Scans of US Citizens Flying Abroad a Violation of Privacy?

In an effort to increase national security by tracking foreign travelers to and from the US, the Department of Homeland Security is pushing a plan to use facial recognition at six major airports with more to soon follow. However, some are raising the issue of facial recognition violating the privacy of American citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security has been pushing a plan that if enacted would require all Americans submit to a facial-recognition scan when departing the country. This step would be a way to expand a 2004 biometric-tracking law meant to target foreigners.

According to the Associated Press, which first reported the plan on Wednesday, facial-scanning pilot programs are already underway at six American airports—Boston, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta, New York City, and Washington DC. More are set to expand next year.

In a recent privacy assessment, DHS noted that the “only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not subject to collection of biometric information when traveling internationally is to refrain from traveling.” …

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For those liberals who are raising the issue of privacy violation by having US citizens facially scanned at airports need to stop and take a look at many major cities in the country. Many cities have hundreds of surveillance cameras strategically located around their streets. Some of them have the ability to use facial recognition already. So, if using facial recognition is a violation of privacy, then what about all of the thousands of surveillance cameras in use all over the country?




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