Unlike other forms of identity verification, facial recognition technology can enable undetectable, persistent government surveillance on a massive scale. As this technology becomes increasingly widespread, the government can use it to track individuals’ movements and associations, posing grave risks to privacy and civil liberties.
On March 10, 2020, Port of Seattle Commissioners voted unanimously to collaborate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in rolling out its facial recognition program at SeaTac International Airport, ignoring the many privacy, civil liberties, and community organizations that urged the Port to reject participation. Urge your elected Port Commissioners to reverse the decision authorizing the Port to work collaboratively with CBP.
Message Recipients: Port Commissioners Sam Cho, Stephanie Bowman, Ryan Calkins, Fred Felleman, Peter Steinbrueck.