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USA offers foreign states access to 1.1 billion biometric “encounters” in return for reciprocal database access

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is touting ‘Enhanced Border Security Agreements’, offering access to its vast biometric databanks in exchange for other states reciprocating. Reports suggest the UK is already participating, although there is no official confirmation of this. In the EU the proposals have caused a furore amongst privacy-minded MEPs. A document produced by the DHS, obtained by Statewatch, shows what the USA is offering foreign states.

The document (pdf), entitled ‘DHS International Biometric Information Sharing (IBIS) Program’ and with the sub-heading ‘Enhanced Biometric Security Partnership (EBSP)’ is effectively a sales pitch to potential “foreign partners”.

The IBIS Program, it states, provides “a scalable, reliable, and rapid bilateral biometric and biographic information sharing capability to support border security and immigration vetting,” which:

“…creates value for the United States and its partners by detecting fraud, identifying transnational criminals, sex offenders who have been removed from the United States, smugglers of humans and narcotics, gang members, terrorists and terrorist-related information, and the travel patterns of criminals.”

270 million identity records

It does this by providing “partners” with access to vast quantities of data held by the DHS, namely the IDENT/HART database, “the largest U.S. Government biometric database and the second largest biometric database in the world, containing over 270 million identities from over 40 U.S. agencies.”

These include “the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Defense, and state and local law enforcement entities,” says the document.

States that wish to participate must first negotiate an “Enhanced Border Security Agreement (EBSA) or similar agreement,” which provides “a flexible but enduring framework to facilitate information exchange for criminal, border and national security, immigration, and counterterrorism purposes”.

Participating states may then submit biometrics to the DHS through “a secure encrypted gateway called the Secure Real Time Platform (SRTP)”. The document notes that this can be done “at high volumes (up to millions of transactions each year)”.

In response to a successful search “DHS can immediately provide available and sharable associated biometric, biographic, derogatory, and other encounter information to the partners,” a process that the DHS boasts does not require any manual intervention – for example, to check whether legal requirements have been fulfilled.

The quid pro quo, of course, is reciprocal access to the databases of partner states:

“In turn, DHS may submit biometrics to IBIS partner countries to search against their biometric identity management systems in order for partner countries to provide DHS with sharable biographic, derogatory, and encounter information when a U.S. search matches their biometric records. This high-volume matching and data exchange is accomplished within minutes and is fully automated; match confirmation and supporting data is exchanged with no officer intervention.”

As Pirate Party MEP Patrick Breyer pointed out after a meeting of European Parliament civil liberties committee members with the DHS:

"Millions of innocent Europeans are listed in police databases and could be exposed to completely disproportionate reactions in the USA. The US lacks adequate data and fundamental rights protection. Providing personal data to the US exposes our citizens i.e. to the risk of arbitrary detention and false suspicion, with possible dire consequences, in the course of the US “war on terror”. We must protect our citizens from these practices."

Soul Crusher:
TRUMP: FBI took my passports in Mar-a-Lago Raid
Truth Social ^
Posted on 8/15/2022, 1:52:00 PM

Wow! In the raid by the FBI of Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else. This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never seen before in our Country. Third World!

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