Ban airports from secretly scanning passengers' faces

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... and indefinitely storing their personal biometric data
Article author: 
Leo Hohmann
Article date: 
2 December 2023
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National News
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Move afoot in Congress to ban U.S. airports from secretly scanning passengers’ faces and indefinitely storing their personal biometric data.

16 U.S. airports have been working with the federal government to scan people’s faces since at least May 2023 and probably before: TSA program is ‘precursor to full-blown national surveillance state.

The government’s biometric data-collection program, which has not been widely reported on in the corporate media, has been going on at 16 airports for seven months — at least that’s how long the government admits to it. And most Americans who frequent these airports are completely unaware that they are having their face scans harvested and stored in databanks freely accessed by the U.S. government.

Two senators, one a Republican and the other a Democrat, have stood up and said, enough...

The senators say their bill, called the Travelers’ Privacy Protection Act, or TPPA, would prevent the agency from “further exploiting the technology and storing traveler’s biodata.”...

The TSA announced this past summer that it had plans to expand the airport bio data collection program to 430 U.S. airports next year...