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June 10, 2019

Thompson Statement on CBP Data Breach

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news of a major privacy breach – resulting from a cyber-attack – at U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

“Government use of biometric and personal identifiable information can be valuable tools only if utilized properly. Unfortunately, this is the second major privacy breach at DHS this year. We must ensure we are not expanding the use of biometrics at the expense of the privacy of the American public.  I intend to hold hearings next month on Homeland Security’s use of biometric information.”

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