The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reconsidered a plan to use facial-recognition technology on all U.S. citizens traveling internationally through airports, deciding to roll back the plan after meeting with privacy experts.
Last week the DHS said it would expand facial recognition checks to all travelers entering and leaving the U.S., including previously-exempt U.S. citizens. However, now the agency is saying it won’t be required after hearing feedback from privacy advocates, according to an online statement.
“U.S. citizens may opt out of the biometric facial comparison process by notifying a CBP officer or airline representative,” according to the statement. “Individuals who opt out simply present their passport for visual inspection, as is standard practice at ports of entry today.”