DHS Collects 259 Million Peoples Biometric Data

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DHS collects 259 million peoples biometric data and expect it to be completed by 2022.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects to have face, fingerprint, and iris scans of at least 259 million people in its biometrics database by 2022, according to a recent presentation from the agency's Office of Procurement Operations reviewed by Quartz.

DHS collects 259 million peoples biometric data and expect it to be completed by 2022.

That's about 40 million more than the agency's 2017 projections, which estimated 220 million unique identities by 2022, according to previous figures cited by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a San Francisco-based privacy rights nonprofit.

A slide deck, shared with attendees at an Oct. 30 DHS industry day, includes a breakdown of what its systems currently contain, as well as an estimate of what the next few years will bring.

The agency is transitioning from a legacy system called "IDENT", to a cloud-based system (hosted by Amazon Web Services), known as Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology, or HART.

The biometrics collection maintained by DHS is the world's second-largest, behind only India's countrywide biometric ID network in size.

The traveler data kept by DHS is shared with other U.S. agencies, state and local law enforcement, even foreign governments.

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