ACLU Sues DHS Over Facial-Recognition Technology Use


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for information on how it has used facial-recognition technology at airports and borders.

The ACLU said it filed the lawsuit in the Southern District Court of New York after DHS and its sub-agencies — Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests which was filed on January 9th.

As the ACLU points out, if the use of facial recognition is normalized at the airport, the government could theoretically argue for its use elsewhere.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, released an expansive study in December finding that the majority of facial-recognition systems have “demographic differentials” that can worsen their accuracy based on a person’s age, gender or race.

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