Are you who you say you are? TSA tests facial recognition...

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  • And there’s the concern of outside hackers figuring out ways to hack into government systems for nefarious aims.With regard to the TSA pilot, Foster said she has concerns that while the agency says it’s not currently storing the biometric data it collects, what if that changes in the future?
  • TSA says the pilot is voluntary and accurate, but critics have raised concerns about questions of bias in facial recognition technology and possible repercussions for passengers who want to opt out.
  • TSA says that data is deleted after 24 months.Lim said the camera only turns on when a person puts in their ID card — so it’s not randomly gathering images of people at the airport.
  • And he said that research has shown that while some algorithms do perform worse with certain demographics, it also shows that higher-quality algorithms, like the one the agency uses, are much more accurate.
  • The agency said early results are positive and have shown no discernable difference in the algorithm’s ability to recognize passengers based on things like age, gender, race and ethnicity.
  • “They might be concerned that if they object to face recognition, that they’re going to be under further suspicion,” Foster said.Jeramie Scott, with the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that while it’s voluntary now it might not be for long.
BALTIMORE (AP) A passenger walks up to an airport security checkpoint, slips an ID card into a slot and looks into a camera atop a small screen. The screen flashes Photo Complete and the person walks [+6203 chars]