Mandatory face-scanning may be implemented across U.S. airports

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new regulation that would require all travelers — including U.S. citizens and green card holders — to undergo mandatory facial scans when entering and leaving the country.

Facial recognition technology typically matches an image of a person from a photo or video with a still image of them in a database. It has become increasingly used in airports throughout the world, according to CNN.

The proposed regulation would be part of a broader system to track travelers as they enter and exit the United States.

According to Reuters, the Trump Administration contends the face scan requirement will combat the fraudulent use of U.S. travel documents and aid the identification of criminals and suspected terrorists.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has already conducted pilot programs that collect photographs and fingerprints from foreign travelers, but until now, U.S. citizens had been exempt, Reuters reports.

In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to accelerate a full roll out of airport biometrics for all domestic and international travelers.

According to a statement by a senior policy analyst from American Liberties Union Jay Stanley, travelers shouldn't have to submit to "invasive biometric scans" just because they want to travel.

The U.S. government has been using facial recognition technology for the past 20 years, though the government has only recently started pushing for use of this technology across U.S. airports, CNN reports.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. New regulation would require all travelers, even U.S. citizens, to undergo mandatory face scans
2. How facial recognition technology works
3. How the technology will be used to track travelers as they enter and exit the U.S.
4. Previous pilot programs had collected photographs and fingerprints from foreign travelers

VOICEOVER (in English):

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new regulation that would require all travelers — including U.S. citizens and green card holders — to undergo mandatory facial scans when entering and leaving the country."

"According to CNN, facial recognition technology typically matches an image of a person from a photo or video with a still image of them in a database. It has become increasingly used in airports throughout the world."

"The proposed regulation would be part of a broader system to track travelers as they enter and exit the United States."

"According to Reuters, the Trump Administration contends the face scan requirement will combat the fraudulent use of U.S. travel documents and aid the identification of criminals and suspected terrorists."

"Reuters reports that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has already conducted pilot programs that collect photographs and fingerprints from foreign travelers, but until now, U.S. citizens had been exempt."

"In 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to accelerate a full roll out of airport biometrics for all domestic and international travelers."

SOURCES: Reuters, TechCrunch, CNN, U.S. General Services Administration
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-privacy/u-s-homeland-security-proposes-face-scans-for-citizens-idUSKBN1Y62JO
https://techcrunch.com/2019/12/02/homeland-security-face-recognition-airport-citizens/
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/12/02/tech/homeland-security-facial-recognition-citizens-at-airports/index.html
https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201910&RIN=1651-AB22&=biometric-collection-data-citizens