Customs Deploying Biometric Tech at Ports Without Fully Addressing Privacy Requirements, GAO Finds

NextGov: Customs and Border Protection failed to provide complete and accurate privacy notices and conduct appropriate audits to ensure the agency’s facial recognition technology used for identity checks comply with privacy standards.

A Government Accountability Office audit published Wednesday describes shoddy communication practices relating to how CBP informs the public of its facial recognition program, such as the use of signs with inaccurate information or signs that are hard to see at ports of entry such as land border crossings, international airports and seaports. CBP has also audited just one of its 27 airline partners involved in deploying facial recognition technology to determine whether they are complying with privacy policies.

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