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Sunday, August 26, 2012

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The Future Attribute Screening Technology Mobile Module (FAST) Project, is sponsored by the Science & Technology Directorate's (S&T) Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) and is executed under the oversight of DHS S&T's Human Factors Behavior Sciences Division. The FAST Project is an ongoing research program which aims to develop a means to remotely view and analyze a subject to assess the likelihood that the subject will commit a crime. The project has undergone field testing at an undisclosed location in "the northeastern United States". The intent is to test the effectiveness of an experimental technology designed to capture biological and behavioral information from subjects. According to DHS's 2008 Privacy Impact Assessment, the FAST Project might incorporate remote monitoring of "video images, audio recordings, cardiovascular signals, pheromones, electrodermal activity, and respiratory measurements. The technologies utilized by this system include: system hardware, RFID, biometrics and other technology.
On June 7, 2011 the Electronic Privacy Information Center("EPIC") submitted an FOIA request to the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate. EPIC's intent was to seek records regarding the Department's Future Attribute Screening Technology ('FAST') Project. DHS has not provided testing results or location of the field-testing site from the initial phase of the project. In the FOIA request EPIC states "the FAST Project is designed to gather "physiological and behavioral signals" and may have already collected this personal information from members of the public without legal consent. To further research this issue go to: