Tell Port Commissioners to Reject Collaboration with CBP

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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.

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The Port of Seattle Commission should not be working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to facilitate the infrastructural expansion of powerful face surveillance technology.

The Port of Seattle Commission:

(1) Has a choice to not collaborate with CBP.
(2) Should not facilitate the infrastructural expansion of powerful face surveillance technology.
(3) Should not facilitate CBP’s unauthorized surveillance of US citizens.
(4) Should abide by its professed principles by rejecting collaboration with CBP.

On March 10, 2020, Port Commissioners voted unanimously to collaborate with CBP in rolling out its facial recognition program, ignoring the many privacy, civil liberties, and community organizations that urged the Port to reject participation. Instead of taking into account to the serious constituent concerns about the Port participating in CBP’s unlawful mass collection of biometric data, Commissioners voted to authorize a $5.7 million Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure and implement a facial recognition system at SeaTac International Airport.

I strongly all urge all Port Commissioners to reverse the decision authorizing the Port to work collaboratively with CBP.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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