Face scans for Americans flying abroad stir privacy issues

2017-07-13 05:35


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Houston - If the Trump administration gets its way, all US citizens flying abroad will have to submit to face scans at airport security.

Privacy advocates call the plan an ill-advised step toward a surveillance state.

Non-immigrant foreigners entering the US currently must submit to fingerprint and photo collection.

Congress long ago agreed to extending that to face scans on departure - mostly to keep better track of visa overstays.

Now, the Department of Homeland Security says US citizens must also be scanned for the programme to work.

Pilots are under way at six US airports.

DHS aims to have high-volume US international airports engaged beginning next year.

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