15 Oct 2020

Border Patrol Spent $2 Million On Google Maps For A Massive Surveillance Tool

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has reportedly spent at least $2 million over the past three years on Google mapping software that supports the Automated Targeting System (ATS). ATS is a technology that creates a profile for every person who enters the US and determines the risk they

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06 Dec 2019

Customs Reverses Course on Mandatory Facial Scans for U.S. Citizens

A plan to introduce mandatory facial scans on US citizens upon entrance and exit of the country has been reversed by Customs and Border Protection after facing backlash. The agency is testing facial biometric programs at 20 different entry points, including airports, seaports, and land crossings. Airlines have teamed up

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28 Jan 2019

CBP: Cartels using large groups, sick migrants to distract Border Patrol

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has recently described a surge in drug trafficker’s use of immigrants at the border to distract U.S. officers to open up unprotected smuggling lanes. In one recent instance, a group of 247 immigrants from Central America arrived at the border and 50 of

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26 Nov 2018

CBP’s Facial Biometrics Program Has Caught 26 Alleged Imposters

Custom’s and Border Protection officials have reported 26 cases of facial biometrics technology catching imposters from entering the country since its rollout this summer. The technology compares the passport photo of the traveler with facial recognition technology on-site, and identifies individuals that do not match and require closer investigation or

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24 Aug 2018

DC Airport First In Nation to Catch Suspected Imposter Using Facial Biometrics

Three days into operation, the facial recognition program at Dulles Airport outside of Washington DC has led to the first arrest of an individual attempting to enter the country on another individual’s passport. According to a CBP field office director, “the new facial recognition technology virtually eliminates the ability for

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16 Aug 2018

CBP Rolls Out Facial Recognition at Silicon Valley Airport

While a number of airports already use facial recognition technology on departing travelers, Silicon Valley’s SJC airport will be the first in the U.S. to roll out facial recognition technology for incoming passengers. The new system will reportedly reduce the processing of foreign nationals by over 85%. The flow of international

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