Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Biometric Data to Be Collected by DHS

The Department of Homeland Security is studying methods of implementing a congressional mandated requirement to collect biometric data on foreign visitors leaving the United States. The data-gathering program is scheduled to begin at the end of the year. The purpose of the biometric information is to better enable the DHS and other agencies to track those who violate the law or who overstay their visa period. The requirements for entry (and exit) to/from the United States are becoming stricter and more complex. Of course, that is if you cross the border legally! Read more on the this new biometric data gathering effort in "Homeland Security Explores Ambitious Plan to Collect More Personal Data From Foreign Travelers", US News and World Report, August 20, 2008. To read more on the topic of biometrics see biometric security information or news articles about biometrics.

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