Facial recognition can speed you through airport security, but there's a cost
WASHINGTON - In the not too distant future, you could walk into the international terminal of almost any US airport and board a plane without showing anyone your passport. At the check-in counter, you'd pose in front of a camera that scans your face and sends your image to a remote system that matches it to a stored copy of your passport photo. You'd have your photo taken again at the security line, and again at the gate. If everything still matched up, you'd be on board, quietly warring with your seat mate over the armrest, reports Laura Hautala for CNET.com.
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The Intelligent Aerospace take:
March 22, 2019-Because international travel requires a passport - and thus, a relatively recent photo - the use of biometric face scanning technology takes advantage of something that is a lot harder to fake than a photo ID or passport. However, the American Civil Liberties Union and other privacy rights watchdogs argue that Customs and Border Protection lack the legal authority to collect biometric information on U.S. citizens. CBP argues that existing laws allow them to do so, and notes that citizens can opt out of biometric program.
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