DHS is Testing “Pre-Crime” Detection System

A recently released internal Department of Homeland Security document has revealed a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime before they have committed it. And it is already being tested on members of the public. DHS is betting on algorithms in a futuristic surveillance program, testing at a “prototype screening facility” to measure factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to “detect cues indicative of malcontent.” The documents were obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. DHS calls its “pre-crime” system Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.

Read the whole report from Declan McCullagh at CNET News.

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