The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has laid out a four-year plan to have facial-recognition technology cover 97% of departing airplane passengers, The Hill reports. DHS states in a report U.S. Customs and Border Protection can achieve its 2023 goal through partnerships with airports and airlines and with the expansion of the "Biometric Exit" program that cross-references images of departing passengers with previously stored images from visa and passport applications. While CBP reported the program identified 7,000 passengers with overstayed visas, privacy advocates argue the facial-recognition tech raises civil rights concerns regarding the information it collects. Meanwhile, Nextgov reports the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is under fire for ignoring government concerns about the privacy and accuracy standards of its facial-recognition technology.
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