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Your immigration status could soon be in the high-tech eye of the beholder

New biometric technology will match your face with your passport photo at airport customs. Is this a cause for celebration or concern?
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New biometric technology will match your face with your passport photo at airport customs. Is this a cause for celebration or concern?

Assumptions about which passport line you belong in, the president's so-called Muslim ban, "random" screening that seems to target certain populations - airports are increasingly a frontier of ethnic and religious bias. Could we bypass some of those problems by taking the human element out of screening?

The Department of Homeland Security just signed a large contract with a UK company called iProov. The contract will roll out facial recognition software at customs checkpoints across America. But that technology is only as good as the people who designed it, Lianna Brinded reminds us.

She's Europe news editor for Quartz, and says that while the US lags far behind other countries in implementing this software, we need to be vigilant about the biases that creep into facial identification technology.

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