Saturday, December 14th, 2019

From Fingerprints to DNA: Biometric Data Collection in U.S. Immigrant Communities and Beyond


"The collection of biometrics—including fingerprints, DNA, and
face-recognition ready photographs—is becoming more and more a part of
society. Both the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are in the process of expanding their
biometrics databases to collect even more information, like face prints
and iris scans. The expansion of biometric data collection, however, is
uniquely affecting undocumented immigrants and immigrant communities.
Under DHS’s Secure Communities program, for example, states are required
to share their fingerprint data with DHS, thus subjecting undocumented
and even documented immigrants in the United States to heightened fears
of deportation should they have any interaction with law enforcement.

In this report, co-sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation
(EFF), author Jennifer Lynch explains the different technologies for
collecting biometrics, as well as