Senate Proposes Ban on TSA Use of Facial Recognition

Civil rights groups voice support for the Traveler Privacy Protection Act.

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the Senate to restrict the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) gathering of facial biometric data in U.S. airports. The bill has received strong support from American civil rights groups. Congress as a whole has begun taking steps to curb the federal government’s broad use of warrantless data collection. Civil rights groups have said this is necessary to properly protect the privacy of Americans in today’s digital age.

“Every day, TSA scans thousands of Americans’ faces without their permission and without making it clear that travelers can opt out of the invasive screening,” said Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana, one of the co-sponsors of the proposed legislation. “The Traveler Privacy Protection Act would protect every American from Big Brother’s intrusion by ending the facial recognition program.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Senator Kennedy and his colleagues as they promote the legislation to safeguard Americans’ biometric data.
  • For members of the Senate as they consider and debate the bill to restrict TSA’s use of facial recognition technology.
  • For Administrator David Pekoske to be led by God as he heads the Transportation Security Administration.

Sources: Fedscoop, MeriTalk

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