Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries; NPR, June 26, 2017

Asma Khalid, NPR; Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

"JetBlue is pitching this idea of facial recognition as convenience for customers. It's voluntary. But it's also part of a broader push by Customs and Border Protection to create a biometric exit system to track non-U.S. citizens leaving the country...

[Adam Schwartz, a lawyer with the Electronic Frontier Foundation] says facial recognition is a uniquely invasive form of surveillance.

"We can change our bank account numbers, we even can change our names, but we cannot change our faces," Schwartz says. "And once the information is out there, it could be misused.""...

Back at Logan Airport, passenger Yeimy Quezada feels totally comfortable sharing her face instead of a barcode.

"Even your cellphone recognizes selfies and recognize faces, so I'm used to that technology already," she says. "And, I'm not concerned about privacy because I'm a firm believer that if you're not hiding anything, you shouldn't be afraid of anything."

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