CBP seeks responses on biometric entry and exit programme
19 August 2015 15:17 GMT

The US Customs and Border Protection is seeking comments on a biometric-based entry and exit programme it is developing.

In a statement published in the Federal Register, the CBP notes that the program will be applied to non-exempt non-US citizens entering and exiting the United States.

“The purpose of this national security measure is to ensure non-US citizens’ identity and to ascertain their admissibility in the United States … The system will capture biometrics including digital fingerprint scans, photographs, facial images and iris images, or other biometric identifiers. The notice does not refer to any of the technology details supporting the system.”

The CBP notes that the current collection process used by CBP doesn’t capture facial and iris images.

The notice is open for written comments from federal agencies directly affected by the program and from the general public, which can be submitted to the CBP on or before October 19, 2015. The proposed biometric identity collection program will subsequently be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for approval.

In July, Customs and Border Protection begun testing the use of an enhanced mobile device to collect biometric data from a limited number of foreign national air travelers departing the United States.

In the same month, it revealed that it will pilot the collection of biometric and biographic information on selected flights from up to 10 identified US airports over the next year.

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