'THIS IS A BOMBSHELL': FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA COLLECTED BY US CUSTOMS AGENCY HACKED | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'THIS IS A BOMBSHELL': FACIAL RECOGNITION DATA COLLECTED BY US CUSTOMS AGENCY HACKED

One of the key fears that critics of mass surveillance and the proliferation of facial recognition technology have warned about has been realized with new reporting Monday that a "malicious cyber attack" has resulted in photos of airport passengers and other personal data harvested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol being stolen by unknown actors.

"This incident further underscores the need to put the brakes on these efforts and for Congress to investigate the agency's data practices. The best way to avoid breaches of sensitive personal data is not to collect and retain it in the first place."

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