January 22, 2021

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Civil rights groups move to block expansion of facial recognition in airports

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge A coalition of civil rights groups led by...

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

A coalition of civil rights groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union have filed an objection to the proposed expansion of Customs and Border Protections facial recognition at land and sea ports. The National Immigration Law Center, Fight for the Future, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are also participating in the motion, alongside twelve others.

Filed in November, CBP’s proposed rule would expand the biometric exit system, authorizing the collection of facial images from any non-citizen entering the country. But in a filing on Monday, the final day of the comment period, the coalition argued that those measures are too extreme.

“CBP’s proposed use of face surveillance at airports, sea ports, and the land border would put…

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