White House Facial Recognition Pilot Raises Privacy Alarms

December 6, 2018

The facial recognition pilot will identify “subjects of interest” around the White House.

Privacy advocates are up in arms after the Department of Homeland Security unveiled a facial recognition pilot program for surveilling public areas surrounding the White House.

The program, outlined last week, will use biometrics to confirm the identity of various U.S. Secret Service (USSS) employees, separating them from members of the public. The Secret Service also said that video streams from selected cameras in two public places around the White House will capture individuals on the sidewalk and street. The facial recognition pilot will then identify “subjects of interest.”

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