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Facial Recognition Technology: CBP Traveler Identity Verification and Efforts to Address Privacy Issues, Statement of Rebecca Gambler, Director, Homeland Security and Justice, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] is charged with the dual mission of facilitating legitimate travel and securing U.S. borders. Federal laws require DHS to implement a biographic and biometric data system for foreign nationals entering and exiting the U.S. In response, CBP has been pursuing FRT [facial recognition technology] to verify a traveler's identity in place of a visual inspection of travel identification documents. This statement addresses the extent to which CBP has (1) incorporated privacy principles in and (2) assessed the accuracy and performance of its use of FRT. This statement is based on a September 2020 report (GAO [Government Accountability Office]-20- 568 [hyperlink]), along with updates as of July 2022 on actions CBP has taken to address prior GAO recommendations. For that report, GAO conducted site visits to observe CBP's use of FRT; reviewed program documents; and interviewed DHS officials. [...] In September 2020, GAO made five recommendations to CBP regarding privacy and system performance of its FRT. DHS concurred with the recommendations and has implemented two of them. CBP is taking steps to address the remaining three recommendations related to (1) current and complete privacy signage, (2) implementing an audit plan for its program partners, and (3) capturing required traveler photos."

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GAO-22-106154
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2022-07-27
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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