Homeland Security’s advice for the millions of Americans
traveling overseas who don’t want to end up in its facial biometric
database is simply not to travel.
That’s according to the agency’s own assessment document published
earlier this year of a new so-called traveler verification project to
“capture facial images of travelers” leaving the US.
The effort aims to help Customs and Border Protection (CBP) track
non-immigrant foreigners and those who overstay their visas. To date,
foreigners arriving in the US will have their photo and fingerprints
recorded at the border, but Americans are exempt from turning over their
But now the agency wants to scan the faces when anyone — including Americans — leaves the US.
“The only way for an individual to ensure he or she is not
subject to collection of biometric information when traveling
internationally is to refrain from traveling,” says the document.