The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced new policies on September 14, 2023, regarding its use and acquisition of artificial intelligence technologies, including facial recognition and face capture technologies. DHS also appointed Eric Hysen as the department’s first chief AI officer.

Highlighting the potential “privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties” issues associated with the use of AI technologies by the department, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas explained that DHS must harness AI “effectively and responsibly.” To that end, the new policies, which were developed by the DHS Artificial Intelligence Task Force, focus on two areas: (1) acquisition and use of AI technologies and (2) use of facial recognition and face capture technologies.

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