New Government Surveillance Experiments Raise Privacy Concerns

surveillance-camerasThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are launching three high-tech experiments using facial, iris and fingerprint identification to enhance efforts to block illegal entry into the country.

However, the experiments are raising privacy concerns among civil liberties activists, who fear that the collected information can be used by the government to spy on Americans, Motherboard reports.

Under the umbrella title of the Apex Air Entry and Exit Re-Engineering Project, the program already is underway at Washington’s Dulles Airport and soon will be extended to other locations, including Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport and the Otay Mesa crossing in California at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The program was revealed in a series of slides leaked to Motherboard by Arjun Sethi, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) after a March 10 presentation at CBP headquarters. Full Story.

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