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U.S. Sen. Markey: DHS data breach ‘raises serious concerns’

U.S. Sen. Markey: DHS data breach ‘raises serious concerns’ (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey on Tuesday called on the Department of Homeland Security to halt its use of facial recognition technology after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that a recent data breach exposed images of travelers and vehicles. said the breach “raises serious concerns about the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to effectively safeguard the sensitive information it is collecting. “It only underscores the urgent need for the Department of Homeland Security to pause its deployment of facial recognition technology until it has instituted enforceable rules prioritizing cyber security and protecting travelers’ privacy,” Markey said. “It should starts (sic) with formalizing guidelines for exactly who has access to the data DHS collects, how long this data will be maintained, how that information will be safeguarded and how we can say no to this collection in the first place.” In December 2017 and May 2018, Markey and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) called on DHS to halt the expansion of its biometric program until there were safeguards in place.

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