The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to expand face recognition checks for U.S. travelers to U.S. citizens who were not subject to mandatory checks,media reported. In a document, the department proposed that all travelers, foreigners and nationals, complete facial recognition checks when entering and leaving the United States.
The ACLU, the nation’s largest civil liberties group, expressed anger. Jay Stanley, the group’s senior policy analyst, points out that the government has repeatedly told the public and members of Congress that U.S. citizens are not subject to such intrusive surveillance technology during travel, and now the new notice shows that the government has broken that promise. “Travelers, including U.S. citizens, should not undergo intrusive biometric scans simply to exercise their constitutional right to travel. The government’s insistence on the massive deployment of such powerful surveillance technology has raised deep concerns about privacy. “
Stanley also pointed out that the government’s use of the technology was “untrustworthy” and lawmakers should step in after nearly 100,000 license plates and passenger video footage were stolen in June and concerns about the lack of adequate security measures to protect it.