Biometric Surveillance Takes Off in a Dangerous Direction in US

Biometric surveillance is coming to airports around the country and expanding outside of airports to public events. The Department of Homeland Security has said the only way to be sure that your biometric data isn’t collected is to “refrain from traveling.”

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put out their Biometrics Roadmap, detailing plans to roll out increased biometric data collection and screening for all passengers.

The TSA plans to collect any biometrics they want from all travelers, including face recognition technology, iris scanning and fingerprinting. TSA is also partnering with private airlines to collect and maintain the data. These databases are expanding outside of airports, the TSA has already begun using their technology at sport stadiums.

The government says it will retain photos of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents for two weeks and their travel information for 15 years. Data on “non-immigrant aliens” will be retained for 75 years. There are no restrictions on how long corporations can keep the data or what it can be used for.

These programs are dangerous and are laying the groundwork for a vast network of biometric mass surveillance and tracking.



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