McGlinchey in the News
Biometric Border Checks: Where Does Your Data Go?Read Time: 1 min
Irvine Member Dhruv Sharma was quoted in a Digital Privacy News article on August 6, 2021. The article discusses data privacy and cybersecurity concerns related to the use of facial scans and other tactics being employed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the interest of national security.
Sharma said it was still unclear whether the large amounts of very specific biometric data collected at checkpoints could be used in the future for ways unrelated to U.S. borders.
“They’re also keeping this information somewhere and that creates implications about whether the data is secure,” Sharma said.
“Cyber Security is a huge concern. Recent hacks show the government needs to be vigilant about security, including tracking how vendors and software partners are handling it,” he said.
The fact that asylum seekers can opt out of having their photos used — they can instead choose manual inspection of their documents — creates some transparency, Sharma said.
“There’s not really any privacy implication if people consent to do this,” he said. “The question is, are you informing people [about what’s being used and how it’s stored and safeguarded].”