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NOTICE: Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed. This website was last updated on December 21, 2018 and will not be updated until after funding is enacted. As such, information on this website may not be up to date. Transactions submitted via this website might not be processed and we will not be able to respond to inquiries until after appropriations are enacted.


Aviso del impacto de la interrupción de fondos federales en las operaciones del sitio web del Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza de los Estados Unidos (CBP, por sus siglas en inglés)

AVISO:  A causa de la interrupción de fondos federales, este sitio de web no será administrado activamente. La última actualización a este sitio web se realizó el 21 de diciembre de 2018 y no se harán más actualizaciones hasta que el gobierno reanude operaciones; por ende, puede que el sitio web no refleje la información más reciente. Es posible que no podamos procesar transacciones ni responder a
preguntas hasta que se reanuden operaciones.

CBP Meets with Privacy Groups to Discuss Biometric Exit

Release Date: 
August 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security today met with representatives from the privacy community to discuss CBP’s biometric exit program. Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC), Office of Field Operations, John Wagner reiterated CBP’s commitment to protecting traveler’s privacy as CBP moves forward with implementing a biometric exit system at U.S. ports of entry.

“CBP has and will continue to engage our privacy office at every step in the process to add biometric to the departure process from the United States,” said DEAC Wagner. “We are fully committed to meeting existing privacy laws and regulations while ensuring and safeguarding the privacy of all travelers.”

Today’s meeting was the first of numerous engagements planned with privacy groups. DHS Chief Privacy Officer Sam Kaplan and CBP Privacy Officer Debra Danisek were also in attendance to engage with privacy stakeholders.

Currently, CBP is demonstrating facial recognition exit technology at five U.S. airports, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport and McCarran International Airport. CBP is also collaborating with airline partners to integrate facial recognition technology as part of the boarding process at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport and Boston Logan International Airport.

CBP has published two Privacy Impact Assessments to provide the public with notice of how CBP will collect, use and maintain personally identifiable information in relation to these technical demonstrations.

There are several legislative mandates that direct the Department of Homeland Security to record the arrival and departure of non-U.S. citizens by collecting biometrics. CBP first established biometric screening procedures based on digital fingerprints for certain non-U.S. citizens in 2004 to secure our borders and ensure that the foreign travelers presenting themselves for admission to the United States are who they claim to be.

Last modified: 
August 1, 2017