Major Canadian airports will soon be using facial recognition technology developed by the Canada Border Services Agency as part of a new traveler screening program, CBC News reports. The Primary Inspection Kiosk program is designed to help modernize and streamline clearance procedures within Canadian airports. The CBSA said the kiosks will appear in Ottawa International Airport this spring, and the rollout will continue into 2018. Little is known about how the kiosks will work in practice, with the CBSA stating more details will be released before the program is launched. Privacy advocates are already keeping their eyes on the program. "The problem's going to be, once that's created, the capability is a general one that can be used in other contexts," said Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic staff lawyer Tamir Israel. "And historically … once we have the technical capability, we haven't been very good at limiting it to that use."
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