Border Crossing Information (BCI) is to be updated by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to include biometric data as a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) initiative to improve the quality of information and in an ‘ongoing effort to better reflect the categories of records in its collection of information,’ it was announced last week.
Included in the latest collections will be digital fingerprinting, iris scans, photographs of faces and distinguishing marks – scars, tattoos – and palm prints. Advance Passenger Information will also be used in association with the database to ensure an accurate representation of identification at the borders.
Although still much debated amongst privacy advocates, biometric information is being collected around the world in a bid to improve border and ultimately national, security during a time of heightened terror attack.
Providers of border security management systems are consistently using the latest technologies to deliver reliable, secure transmission of all biometric data.