The good folks at EPIC have used FOIA requests to get some sparse details on a Department of Homeland Security project to detect “mal-intent” via “non-invasive” biometric scanning. This is very reminiscent of Minority Report minus the pre-cogs. The DHS can’t even agree on whether PII (Personally Identifiable Information) will be stored in the system as they say it won’t but their own privacy assessment indicates it will. I think based on what has leaked out about the backscatter x-ray machines we all know how trustworthy their assurance that it won’t is.
I thought the mention of ethnicity as a component in the algorithm was quite interesting as well, is it still racial profiling if it’s a machine instead of a live agent making that decision? I think so, an obvious facet to challenge it on. It’s no wonder they are so tight-lipped about it.
“That which grows in the shadows and withers in the light of day, does not belong on the vine.” – Unknown