US. Citizens leaving the country and entering facilities such as airports are currently exempted from the non-national facial scan procedure. However, this may change soon "to prevent people from attempting to fraudulently use US travel documents and to identify criminals and known or suspected terrorists."
The facial recognition technology used in this context scans the face of a traveler before matching it to a picture in a database. The technology displays anomalies that would then be investigated on-site. The system has been in use at US airports for more than a decade, with non-nationals also having to print their fingerprints.
Unsurprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reacted dismayingly to the DHS's proposed rule change: "Travelers, including US citizens, should not only undergo invasive biometric scans as a prerequisite for exercising their constitutional right to travel." explains Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst at the ACLU. said in a statement this week.
He added, "The government's insistence on driving a large-scale implementation of this powerful surveillance technology raises deep privacy concerns."
and Congressional members "over and over again" that the nation's citizens "are not required to submit to this intrusive surveillance technology as a prerequisite for travel. The DHS's recent proposal states that the government" is what has already been insufficiently promised
The analyst also questioned the government's ability to deal with the data collected Border Protection subcontractors earlier this year, who saw hackers steal photos of travelers ̵
Regarding the proposal to extend face recognition scans to all travelers leaving the country leave and enter, Michael Hardin, the exit / entry policy and planning at the DHS monitors, CNN announced this week that the plan located in the "final stages of approval." Bu He added that it would start only after the conclusion of a subsequent public consultation.