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New Privacy Tool Helps Travelers Avoid Airlines That Use Facial Recognition Tech

The Infinite Brief
Activist groups Fight for the Future, Demand Progress and Credo unveiled a new website called, which shows users what airlines use facial recognition to verify the identity of passengers before boarding.

Instead of verifying passengers’ details by scanning a boarding pass, the biometric technology – which is provided by government agencies – scans passengers’ faces and sends that information to border control to verify identity and flight details.

Though biometric boarding programs are not a security requirement for flights in the US, many passengers may not know they can decline its use.

In most cases, the technology is implemented on an opt-out basis, meaning passengers are automatically enrolled unless they instruct otherwise.

Curated from The Guardian

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