Sunday, August 18, 2019

Immigration Enforcement Expanding Its Use of Mass Surveillance



ImmigrationProf posted a short while ago about ICE using GPS tracking on ankle bracelets to assist in targeting employers for raids.  Immigration Impact makes it clear that the U.S. government is dedicated togoing high tech in border enforcement.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is preparing to expand its use of facial recognition technology to screen everyone entering the United States through borders and ports of entry.

The border enforcement agency is searching for a private vendor to upgrade a sweeping range of its technological systems and recently put out a request for quotes.

CBP plans to replace its existing security system—a mix of Global Entry kiosks and password verification—with a biometric one that will scan people’s faces. The private vendor will also move CBP’s passenger processing applications to a cloud-based system.

The contract is expected to begin in December 2019 and could run through January 2025. Its total cost may be as much as $960 million.


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