TSA launches new facial recognition test in Vegas airportKey data revealed by the August

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is preparing to launch its 4th round of facial recognition testing at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. The federal government is hoping the tests will boost the efficiency and effectiveness of airport security by using the passengers’ biometric data at checkpoints. The facial recognition testing will last 30 days according to TSA. Dani Bennett, TSA media manager, mentions that “through a Credential Authentication Technology device equipped with a camera (CAT-C), passengers’ live facial images will be captured and verified against their IDs or usual documentation.” 

TSA started “testing biometrics solutions for identity verification purposes in 2015

Passangers’ data will be collected by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology. Furthermore, passengers’ identities will be manually verified by TSA agents, who will verify identities against travel documents after the facial matching results are recorded. Some concerns have been presented by ACLU privacy and surveillance analysts and the non-profit organization, Project Government Oversight (POGO); as they believe that the facial recognition technology could ultimately turn airports into police checkpoints. Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst with the ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project said that

“if TSA has a built up a face recognition system that scans everyone in airports, it’s only a matter of time before law enforcement starts demanding they send them logs of travels,” Laperruque said. “What will the TSA do when the FBI asks to tap into this system for surveillance purposes?”

According to TSA’s website, facial recognition testing started back in 2015. By October 2017, the agency was testing identity verification technology at New York’s JFK International Airport. TSA’s website mentions that “in 2018 TSA tested facial recognition for verifying boarding passes and enhanced body scanners at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Its test at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is ongoing.”

House Democrats ask DHS to address the use of facial recognition on U.S. citizens

Last June, 23 House Democrats have signed a letter directed at Homeland Secretary, expressing their concern over facial recognition systems being used on American citizens. “It remains unclear under what authority Customs and Border Protection is carrying out this program on Americans,” they write, citing reports that “the agency has partnered with TSA and commercial airlines to monitor citizens,” adding that “the random nature of this pilot program does not allow travellers the requisite advanced notice to make an informed decision on their willingness to participate.”

Another issue that arises is maintaining the privacy and security of all data collected against cyberattacks. So far U.S Customs and Border Protection have announced that “images of travellers collected through the agency’s growing facial-recognition program were compromised in a “malicious cyberattack.” Around 100,000 people were estimated to be affected by the attack that resulted in stolen information including photographs of people in vehicles entering and exiting an unnamed US border. 

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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