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Face off: Congress questions use of Americans’ biometric data | Federal Times
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Face off: Congress questions use of Americans’ biometric data | Federal Times

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill expressed concerns over the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s use of facial recognition technology on American citizens, questioning CPB’s right to even collect it.

“You’ve kind of taken your own initiative to do some things beyond the scope of authority that Congress gave you,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said during a July 10 hearing.

John Wagner, deputy executive assistant commissioner at CBP, disagreed, saying that the agency is using the same facial recognition technology to track the entry and exit of foreign nationals in airports and to verify the identity of American citizens.

Source: Face off: Congress questions use of Americans’ biometric data | Federal Times

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