Bloomberg Law
Feb. 9, 2023, 6:38 PM

Airport Facial Scan Program Needs to Stop, Senators Tell TSA

Andrea Vittorio
Andrea Vittorio

Five senators are calling on the Transportation Security Administration to halt its deployment of a facial recognition program to screen travelers at US airports, raising concerns over the technology’s potential for bias and broad data collection.

“Americans’ civil rights are under threat when the government deploys this technology on a mass scale, without sufficient evidence that the technology is effective on people of color and does not violate Americans’ right to privacy,” Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote in a Thursday letter to TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

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