DHS urged to master biometrics database

By Mike LaSusa (February 14, 2022, 6:13 PM EST) – Immigration and privacy advocates told the White House in comments made public Monday that it should consider stronger guardrails for the vast database of biometric information from the United States Department of Homeland Security in order to limit threats to civil liberties and the right to privacy.

Groups such as the National Immigration Law Center and left-wing think tank New America’s Open Technology Institute have urged the Biden administration to block the Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology or HART database — a repository for facial scans, DNA profiles and other identifying information.

The groups said DHS developed the HART database largely in the shadows, but…

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