TechCrunch reports U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered a data breach in May that exposed images containing photos of travelers and license plate numbers. “CBP learned that a subcontractor, in violation of CBP policies and without CBP’s authorization or knowledge, had transferred copies of license plate images and traveler images collected by CBP to the subcontractor’s company network,” the agency said in a statement. “Initial information indicates that the subcontractor violated mandatory security and privacy protocols outlined in their contract.” CBP added that the photos were from a land border, and it believes less than 100,000 people were affected. Meanwhile, U.S. House Committe on Homeland Security announced it will hold hearings next month on the Department of Homeland Security’s use of biometric information.
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