Sens. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to “pause” a plan for Customs and Border Protection to implement facial-recognition technology in the top 20 airports in the country by 2021, BuzzFeed News reports. “DHS has a statutory requirement to submit a report to Congress detailing the viability of biometric technologies, including privacy implications and accuracy,” the senators said in a joint statement. “DHS should pause their efforts until American travelers fully understand exactly who has access to their facial recognition data, how long their data will be held, how their information will be safeguarded, and how they can opt out of the program altogether.” Meanwhile, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, D-Mich., proposed more funding to enhance the facial-recognition capabilities of a state police database, while NBC News reports on the privacy concerns raised by researchers using photos to train facial-recognition algorithms without consent.
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