CPB One asylum seeker app privacy

June 2021

The Los Angeles Times has revealed that the US government's Customs and Border Protection (CPB) is using CPB One, a mobile app that uses facial recognition and a range of other surveillance and storage tools, to process asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border.

Civil and human rights experts are concerned that the system raises important privacy and surveillance issues. The CPB also failed to mention it would be using the app to process asylum seekers, nor that it used facial recognition.