Facial scanner at Seattle airport is the latest in growing federal biometric program

StateScoop: Privacy advocates and federal agencies are at odds over the legality of a facial recognition program that was recently deployed at yet another airport.

Seattle TV station KIRO was the first to report last week a pilot project underway at Seattle–Tacoma International Airport that uses facial recognition scanners on international flights at a single gate operated by Lufthansa. Run as a partnership between the airline and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, the project started in mid-June as a way to test the technology as a faster and more convenient way to get passengers onto planes.

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