The TSA plans to take facial recognition technology nationwide
Americans are raising the alarm over having their faces scanned by the government
From FOX News:
The screenings, dubbed “Credential Authentication Technology with Camera,” now known as CAT-2, were rolled out by the Department of Homeland Security in 2017 as part of a pilot program, and involve scanning fliers’ faces at the TSA checkpoint and comparing the images to the travelers’ documents such as their driver’s licenses or passports.
Since then, the biometric system has expanded to 16 U.S. airports, and travelers are starting to notice.
The Washington Post recently reported on the issue “after hearing concerns” from “readers who encountered face scans while traveling.” The outlet learned from an interview with Jason Lim, who runs the TSA’s facial recognition program that the agency “hopes to expand it across the United States as soon as next year.”
The situation is reminiscent of the IRS’s push last tax season to require facial recognition scans for Americans to access their tax returns, which was met with fierce backlash over privacy concerns and ultimately scrapped. One of the many worries over the tax collector’s program was data breaches, and the TSA already had its facial data breached in 2019.
The TSA has not provided data on how accurate the scans are, which is another significant concern for critics.