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Daily Dashboard | Coalition calls for DHS to ban facial recognition ahead of hearing Related reading: Notes from the IAPP Editorial Director, Dec. 6, 2019


Privacy and civil liberties organizations have banded together and are pushing for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to halt its use of facial-recognition software, BuzzFeed News reports. Fight for the Future and the Electronic Privacy Information Center were among the organizations to launch campaigns against the DHS's surveillance tactics. The calls come as DHS is set to hold a hearing regarding the broad, unregulated use of facial-recognition tech by the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection and Secret Service. EPIC was one of a handful of organizations that jointly penned a letter to DHS saying facial recognition "poses serious risks to privacy and civil liberties, threatens immigrants, broadly impacts American citizens, and has been implemented without proper safeguards in place or explicit Congressional approval."
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