The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is testing a system that can predict when people might have a tendency to commit criminal behavior before it happens, a DHS spokesman has confirmed.
The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) mobile module project aims to develop technologies that can screen people for certain behavioral attributes associated with committing violent acts or other crimes, to give security officials a faster way to assess potential threats.
Specifically, the program–which is only in the preliminary stages of research–is using sensors to “non-intrusively” collect video images, audio recordings, and so-called “psychophysiological measurements” such as heart rate, breathing patterns, and eye blinking, that will be analyzed for their association with certain behaviors, according to DHS documents posted on the Electronic Privacy Information Center website. EPIC said it acquired the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request.
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