Embedding Privacy Into the Use of Facial Recognition to Combat Terrorism presented at GlobalPrivacySummit 2019

by Christopher Pierson, Debra Danisek, Michael Hardin,

Summary : To protect the nation from foreign terrorists trying to enter the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was tasked by Congress and the President with identifying a method for comprehensive biometric entry and exit screening for international travelers, including the creation of exit records for all individuals departing the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently testing a biometric entry-exit facial recognition system for international flights at select airports and seaports throughout the United States. CBP has partnered with commercial air carriers, airport authorities, and cruise lines to capture facial images of travelers as part of their business processes, and then send those photographs to CBP for use in the Traveler Verification Service (TVS). CBP will match the images against previously captured photos within the TVS cloud environment. CBP is also testing this facial recognition technology for pedestrians and international travelers aboard vehicles at land border crossings. CBP’s goal is to facilitate a large-scale transformation of international travel to and from the United States that will make travel: (1) more secure, by providing increased certainty as to the identity of travelers at multiple points in the travel process; (2) more predictable, by establishing a clear, easily-understood process; and (3) more reliable in identifying foreign nationals who are violating the terms of their admission to the United States, and in facilitating immediate action when that occurs.What you’ll take away:Learn how the biometric entry-exit facial recognition system worksHear how privacy protections for travelers have been incorporated into the process Listen to privacy advocates who have seen the process demonstrated at a port of entry