In spite of a recent push by cities to either ban or consider banning facial-recognition technology by use of law enforcement and other government agencies, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the technology used at U.S. airports is not a surveillance program, Nextgov reports. The technology is used in some capacity at 16 airports across the U.S., but the CBP expects to increase that to cover more than 97% of people flying outside the country. The technology used by the CBP compares real-time images of international travelers to their photos on their visa or passports and is only used in sections of the airport where people would have to provide identification. U.S. citizens can opt out at least for the departure process.
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