Concerns are being raised after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection disclosed that photos of travelers, including people’s faces and license plates, had been compromised as part of a "malicious cyberattack." Customs officials stated that the images were exposed due an attack on a federal subcontractor, although it would not say which subcontractor was involved. 

These images “are used as part of a growing agency facial-recognition program designed to track the identity of people entering and exiting the U.S.,” but this latest breach has raised alarms. Lawmakers are questioning whether expanded surveillance measures could “threaten constitutional rights and open millions of innocent people to identity theft.