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CBP, Carnival Cruise Line introduces facial biometrics at Port of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with Carnival Cruise Line, expanded the use of facial biometrics into the debarkation process at the Port of New Orleans, becoming the latest seaport to modernize efforts to revolutionize cruise travel. “As cruise travel resumes around our nation’s ports, CBP is working closely with the cruise industry to make travel safer and more efficient, while also supporting travel recovery efforts,” said Steven Stavinoha, Director, Field Operations for CBP’s Gulf Coast Field Office. “The biometric facial comparison process adds an

Passenger Name Record (PNR)

U.S. law requires air carriers operating flights to, from, or through the United States to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), with certain passenger reservation information, called Passenger Name Record (PNR) data. This information is transmitted to CBP prior to departure and used primarily for purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating, and prosecuting terrorist offenses and related crimes and certain other crimes that are transnational in nature. 

CBP and Privacy Groups Discuss Biometric Entry-Exit Mandate

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection met yesterday with leading privacy experts to discuss CBP’s implementation of the Congressional biometric entry-exit mandate. The meeting was the third in an ongoing series of discussions about measures that CBP is taking to protect traveler privacy during the biometric facial comparison process at U.S. ports of entry. “CBP is committed to keeping the public informed about our use of facial comparison technology,” said John Wagner, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner of the CBP Office of Field Operations. “We are implementing a biometric

CBP Meets with Privacy Groups to Discuss Biometric Exit

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SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) met with representatives from several privacy advocacy groups last week to discuss CBP’s Biometric Entry/Exit Program. Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, John Wagner led the discussion that covered CBP’s plans to enhance the traveler experience through incorporating biometrics and the utilization of public-private partnerships and efforts to protect the privacy of all travelers. CBP Privacy Officer Debra Danisek was also in attendance to engage with the participants. This was the second information

CBP Reminds Travelers of Time Remaining in the US with Expanded I-94 Website Feature and Email Notifications

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) launched two new traveler compliance initiatives today to make it easier for Visa Waiver Program (VWP) travelers to check the status of their stay in the United States and remain in compliance with the terms of their admission. A new feature added to the I-94 website under the “View Compliance” tab allows VWP travelers to check the status of their admission to the United States. This check will inform travelers of the number of days remaining on their lawful admission or the number of days they have remained past their admitted until date

NEXUS Expedited Enrollment Now Available In Buffalo-Niagara Region

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is offering an expedited NEXUS enrollment process prior to the beginning of the World Juniors Championship being held in Buffalo from December 26, 2017 through January 5, 2018. DATES: Now through October 13, 2017 Buffalo-Niagara area residents in both the U.S. and Canada may take advantage of an expedited application process to conveniently join NEXUS. Participation in the NEXUS program allows travelers and hockey fans to proceed with little or no delay into the U.S. and Canada through dedicated lanes, speeding cross-border travel. NEXUS also