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DHS/TSA/PIA-046 Travel Document Checker Automation Using Facial Recognition

TSA will conduct a three-week long proof of concept at Los Angeles International Airport for automating the identity verification portion of the Travel Document Checker (TDC) process using facial recognition technology. TSA will test the use of a National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) compliant facial matching algorithm to compare the facial images of aviation passengers who are e-Passport holders on outward-bound international flights and who voluntarily enter the screening checkpoint through automated electronic security gates or “e-Gate.” The e-Gate device will capture an image of the passenger’s face and compare it to the biometric image in the passenger’s e-Passport. The e-Gate will attempt to replicate the function of the TDC and authenticate the passenger’s e-Passport and boarding pass. The operational goals of this proof of concept are to assess critical operational and technological components of the e-Gate, including the viability of using facial recognition technology for identity verification, and to capture specific metrics to inform future requirements for improving the security and speed of identity verification at airport checkpoints. TSA is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to address the privacy risks inherent in the use of facial recognition technology during this proof of concept. January 2018

Last Published Date: May 10, 2019
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