Biometric screening, surveillance drones, social media spying, registration code readers – all this and extra could be required by way of new federal law to increase espionage excessive -tech to US electorate and immigrants at the USA border.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) introduced the SECURE Act (S. 2192) on December fifth. He borrow liberally from two different federal bills-H.R. 3548 and S. 1757 – that the EFF adversarial previous this yr. Those payments had been offered respectively by way of Consultant Michael McCaul (R-TX) within the Space of Representatives and Senator John Coryn (R-TX) within the Senate.
Sen. Coryn's invoice, referred to as the Development The united states's Agree with Act, raises issues about virtual rights, lots of which might be prone to be ongoing problems in Senator Grassley's SECURE legislation.
Sen. Coryn's invoice will require the Division of Place of origin Safety:
- Accumulate biometric data from all other people leaving america, together with US and overseas electorate.
- Accumulate DNA and Different Biometric Knowledge "
- Proportion biometric details about immigrants with the FBI, the Division of Protection and the State Division.
- Read about social media accounts of visa candidates from "high-risk nations".
- Deploy drones to the USA border
As we said in our letter of opposition:
"Any new statutory authority given to the federal government to make sure the safety of borders will have to be moderately balanced to make certain that it does now not exceed and does now not violate the privateness of the folks it intends to give protection to.In keeping with EFF, this invoice does now not achieve As an alternative, it expands biometric and different high-tech surveillance of US electorate and overseas guests to and close to the USA border, with out regard to very important civil liberties. "
EFF is worried that those similar problems are at stake in Senator Grassley's SECURE legislation, and we lately joined a collective letter in opposition to the SECURE Act, for the extra reason why that it’s going to cut back the general public scrutiny of high-te surveillance. on the border
The present practices of the Division of Place of origin Safety for screening immigrants and US electorate, now not increasing.
This tale used to be at the beginning printed at the EFF weblog .