Border agency did 'not adequately safeguard' facial recognition data, watchdog finds

Doeane- en grensbeskerming “did not adequately safeguardsensitive data during its facial recognition technology pilot last year, volgens a new government watchdog report.

The data breach, which CBP announced in 2019, compromised approximately 184,000 traveler images from CBP’s facial recognition pilot, according to the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, en ten minste 19 of the images were posted to the dark web.
This incident may damage the public’s trust in the Government’s ability to safeguard biometric data and may result in travelersreluctance to permit DHS to capture and use their biometrics at U.S. ports of entry,” the inspector general wrote.
CNN berig on the data breach involving a subcontractor, Perceptics, LLC, in Junie 2019.
    A CNN-analise last year also found that at least 50,000 American license plate numbers were made available on the dark web after Perceptics, which was hired by CBP, was at the center of a major data breach. The company was never authorized to keep the information, the agency told CNN at the time.
    According to the inspector general, during the pilot program, Perceptics transferred copies of CBP’s biometric data, such as traveler images, to its own company network between August 2018 en Januarie 2019.
    The company’s network was latersubjected to a malicious cyber attack.Perceptics staff violated security and privacy protocols when they downloaded the sensitive information onto their own network, volgens die verslag. This occurred without CBP’s knowledge.
      Egter, the watchdog concluded that CBP’s information security practices during the pilot wereinadequate to prevent the subcontractor’s actions.
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