Biometric data of tens of thousands of people who crossed southern border exposed in cyberattack
Added 06-11-19 09:35:01pm EST - “The cyberattack of a Customs and Border Patrol subcontractor has exposed facial recognition data of tens of thousands of people crossing the southern border, raising security questions as jurisdictions debate how to govern the rapidly…” - Washingtontimes.com
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The cyberattack of a Customs and Border Patrol subcontractor has exposed facial recognition data of tens of thousands of people crossing the southern border, raising security questions as jurisdictions debate how to govern the rapidly expanding biometric technology.
Boasting databases containing millions of photos and machine learning algorithms that churn through the information so quickly that matches are identified in milliseconds, the technology offers law enforcement unprecedented investigative powers to thwart both small-time crooks and potential perpetrators of mass carnage.
“It is pretty much a wild west in terms of regulation and a very dangerous environment for civil liberty and also public safety. Lawmakers are starting to get a sense that they need to address this,” said Jake Laperruque, senior counsel at the Project On Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group.
On Monday, CBP officials revealed weaknesses in a database when they detailed a malicious cyberattack against one of their subcontractors’ computer networks on May 31. CBP, which is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security, said the contractor had violated government regulations by transferring copies of images it had captured of travelers and license plates collected on the Mexican border — to its company network.
On Capitol Hill, where skepticism over the technology is mounting, reaction was swift. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said it was DHS’s “second major privacy breach this year.”
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