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SJC Becomes First West Coast Airport in CBP’s Biometric Border Program

SJC Becomes First West Coast Airport in CBP’s Biometric Border Program

The Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) has become the latest in the country to partner with the US Customs and Border Protection agency on biometric border control based on facial recognition technology. The collaboration actually started several weeks ago, with SJC implementing a face scanning system for arriving international travelers on June 25th. Going…

Delta, CBP Bring Biometric Boarding to Detroit Airport

Delta, CBP Bring Biometric Boarding to Detroit Airport

Delta Air Lines’ biometric boarding experiment has expanded to Detroit. The company has announced that, in collaboration with the US Customs and Border Protection agency, it’s now allowing passengers to board certain flights at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) with a simple face scan. This applies to anyone departing on a daily flight from gate…

SITA to Provide Tech for First Full Biometric Exit Airport Program

SITA to Provide Tech for First Full Biometric Exit Airport Program

“The program is aimed at biometrically tracking everyone who enters and leaves the United States.” Orlando airport authorities are sticking with SITA as their key technology partner as they pursue a comprehensive biometric exit program. And to that end, SITA says it plans to fully implement biometric boarding at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) by…

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

US border authorities are planning to launch a biometric border system at the Anazlduas checkpoint in Mexico that will scan the faces of drivers as they enter the country. Called the Vehicle Face System, it is in part a product of research conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory last year which involved the development…

CBP Invites Texans to Join Global Entry Program

CBP Invites Texans to Join Global Entry Program

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is inviting Texans to sign up for its Global Entry trusted traveler program, with the announcement that it is now offering enrollment services at 11 locations through the state. Citizens can sign up for the program at enrollment centers in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Hidalgo, Laredo,…

Orlando Airport Aims to Become First to Fully Implement Biometric Entry/Exit

Orlando Airport Aims to Become First to Fully Implement Biometric Entry/Exit

“In a statement, MCO officials framed the move as one that will improve efficiency and traveler experience, asserting that its biometric initiative with British Airways reduced passenger processing to just 15 minutes per traveler.” The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is aiming to become the first in the country to fully deploy the US Customs and…

Miami Airport Gets Biometric Concourse for International Arrivals

Miami Airport Gets Biometric Concourse for International Arrivals

A newly opened concourse at Miami International Airport may represent the next phase in the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric border program. The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has announced that the airport’s Concourse E for international arrivals is the first airport concourse in the country to rely exclusively on expedited passport verification…

EFF Letter Argues CBP Shirking Biometric Responsibilities

EFF Letter Argues CBP Shirking Biometric Responsibilities

In a new letter to CBP Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John P. Wagner, the Electronic Frontier Foundation argues that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency is relying too much on the private sector in its biometric exit program, and is shirking its own responsibilities and imperiling American’s biometric data in the process. The letter…

TSA Tests Facial Recognition, Body Scanning Solutions in LA

TSA Tests Facial Recognition, Body Scanning Solutions in LA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now piloting two new security screening technologies at the Los Angeles International Airport and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, one of which revolves around biometric identification. As with the handful of pilots being conducted by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, the TSA’s system is based on facial…

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

The Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection agency has taken the opportunity of a concerned inquiry from two US senators to clarify the CBP’s actions with respect to biometric border screening. The letter, co-signed by Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Mike Lee, was framed as a request for further information as the…

CBP Holds Second Biometric Border Meeting with Privacy Advocates

CBP Holds Second Biometric Border Meeting with Privacy Advocates

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has held another meeting with privacy advocates concerning its Biometric Entry/Exit Program, the organization has announced. In a statement, the CBP did not name the privacy groups with which it met, explaining only that the meeting was led by CBP Office of Field Operation Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner…

IDEMIA Tech Aids CBP Trial of Biometric Screening at Sea Port

IDEMIA Tech Aids CBP Trial of Biometric Screening at Sea Port

The US Customers and Border Protection (CBP) agency has expanded its biometric screening program to the sea, with a newly concluded trial demonstrating the use of facial recognition to identify passengers on cruise ships. The trial was conducted with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) using biometric technology provided by IDEMIA. The trial focused on re-entry of…

Taiwan Joins CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program

Taiwan Joins CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program

“And it works both ways: Travelers from Taiwan who register for the program will get expedited processing at the 54 airports participating in the US.” Taiwan has become the latest state to join the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s Trusted Traveler Program. The development arrives thanks in part to Taiwanese authorities’ implementation of…

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved the TSA Modernization Act, a bill recently introduced to the Senate that is aimed at expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s and the Customs and Border Protection agency’s use of biometric screening at various border checkpoints in the US. The legislation arrives as the CBP has been expanding a biometric border…

SITA Proclaims Success of Boston Biometric Passenger Screening Pilot

SITA Proclaims Success of Boston Biometric Passenger Screening Pilot

SITA is proclaiming the success of its Boston Logan International Airport deployment in collaboration with JetBlue and the US Customs and Border Protection agency. First announced this past spring, the pioneering program was meant to explore the use of biometric facial recognition technology – provided by SITA – as a replacement for passengers’ travel documents.…

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport (LAS) has become the latest site of the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric airport screening program. The deployment comes just a few weeks after the CBP brought biometric passenger screening to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. As in that deployment and others, the LAS system will use facial…

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

The American Civil Liberties Union is laying out its objections to the US government’s increasing use of facial recognition at airports in a new blog post by policy analyst Jay Stanley. Titled “What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition”, the post comes in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s discussion last week with privacy…

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

The US Customs and Border Protection agency met with privacy advocates this week to discuss its expanding program of biometric border screening at US airports. In announcing the talks, the CBP asserted that it held them with the Department of Homeland Security and “representatives from the privacy community”, though it did not name the specific…

CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition ‘Viable Solution’ for Exit Program

CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition ‘Viable Solution’ for Exit Program

“All of these are based upon an initial trial undertaken at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, and the CBP says more deployments at additional airports are planned for this summer.” The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit program continues to expand with a new deployment at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).…

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