Senior US officials have said that face recognition could emerge as a viable modality for the Trump administration’s planned deployment of a biometric exit programme.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Larry Panetta, Director of Air Exit Implementation in the Office of Field Operations, spoke about adoption of facial recognition technology at the Border Security Expo, reported the International Business Times.
“We currently have everyone’s photo, so we don’t need to do any sort of enrollment,” Panetta said. “We have access to the Department of State records so we have photos of US Citizens, we have visa photos, we have photos of people when they cross into the US and their biometrics are captured into [Department of Homeland Security database] IDENT.”
Biometric Exit is currently being tested on a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo.
In January, US President Donald Trump sought to introduce a time-line to a long-awaited biometric exit programme in the US, seeking regular updates on its progress. Trump plans to expedite the completion of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all visitors to the U.S. and require in-person interviews for all individuals seeking a non-immigrant visa.
To speed up the implementation of a system, he wants the secretary of Homeland Security to submit periodic reports on the progress of the programme. There must be a report on biometric exit every 100 days until it is implemented, and every 180 days after it is operational, states the Trump executive order.
However, last June a US Senator said that fingerprint is the only biometric that is needed to track visitors entering and exiting the country, suggesting there is no need to build an entire new system for the process.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest of the Senate Judiciary Committee was speaking at a Senate panel.
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