Une autre liberté de perdue aux USA - Another freedom lost in the USA
Visitors to the U.S. will have to scan their index fingers and have their face digitally photographed at the border point. The information will be run through a database of people the U.S. has barred from entry, or who it wants for immigration or criminal investigations.
Homeland Security will store the information indefinitely within a national database, but says it will restrict the use of information.
American officials say the fingerscanning and photographing process will take about 15 seconds.
Washington is spending $340 million US on inkless fingerscanning machines, digital cameras and computer equipment for the new security program. Another $340 million US will be spent in 2005.