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Facial Recognition Technology Tested At Airport In Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An oversight board has observed the Transportation Security Administration's test of facial recognition using biometric technology at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.

The five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board is responsible for ensuring that new technology helps prevent terrorism while balancing the need to protect privacy and civil liberties.


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It was founded after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.


The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the 30-day test in the TSA pre-check lane in Terminal 3 at McCarran began in late August and ended Wednesday.


The TSA assessed its ability to compare passengers' photo taken at the checkpoint against an image taken from the passenger's identity document.

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According to the Review-Journal, the board hopes to have a decision on the usefulness of facial recognition technology sometime next year.