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Canada has been researching and piloting facial recognition at its borders for a few years. Based on publicly available information, we haven’t yet implemented biometric identification on as large a scale as the US has.… 2/7
@HilaryBeaumont examines how quickly the use of these technologies is increasing at the southern US border, which is perhaps our best way of getting a glimpse of what may be in our own future.… 3/7
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Disclosure of its use also varies from spotty to nonexistent—the public doesn’t know much about how and where these tools are deployed. What conversations do we need to be having about security, privacy, and personal data collection?… 7/7

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