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How is TSA addressing the matching error rate issues with facial recognition algorithms?

TSA is grounding its exploration of biometric solutions in rigorous scientific study and analysis. We are aware of a variety of public concerns related to error rates and take this issue seriously. Along with its federal partners, TSA is carefully studying matching performance differences across biometric systems and operational environments to identify the existence of disparities on these and other grounds. Accuracy in biometric solutions is a key issue for TSA, and one that we are carefully studying to ensure that we are realizing the full benefits of this technology and making informed decisions to mitigate risks.