USA: Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC): Documents Reveal Far-reaching DHS Biometrics Program


USA: Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC): Documents Reveal Far-reaching DHS Biometrics Program: Link to documents (17 MB, pdf)

"EPIC has obtained hundreds of pages of government biometrics plans as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request. The documents, from DHS, detail the agency's plans to implement biometric technology, including facial recognition, DNA identifiers, and iris scans.

"These documents reveal that the agency plans to create vast biometric databases, which will be shared not only with other agencies, but also with other countries. The list of cooperating countries currently includes Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. DHS plans to expand this information sharing community to include Germany, Korea, Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Slovakia, Estonia, Malta, Italy, Spain, Portugual, and Mexico. These biometrics databases will also be linked the terrorist watchlists.

"The documents also reveal the agency plans to implement several new technologies related to biometrics. The DHS will implement biometric technology on mobile devices and in crowd scanning technology.
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