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DHS has backed off on proposing facial recognition screening of all travelers at the border and airports.


DHS had proposed a rule to expand biometrics at the border, including requiring facial recognition screening of all travelers to include U.S. citizens. On Thursday, DHS retreated from the idea, saying it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. Privacy experts questioned the accuracy of facial recognition in general and have concerns that such an expansive system is susceptible to hacks or improper use of data. In response, DHS has decreased the amount of time it will retain photos from 14 days to 12 hours. Facial recognition is currently used in more than a dozen U.S. airports.

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