CIA built software system to watch on Intel partners

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As documents published by WikiLeaks revealed a secret project to obtain data through its technical collaboration service.

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The program designed to deploy a biometric system. That CIA provides to partner agencies known as ExpressLane. Partners to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data. ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing.

Hidden kill-switch

ExpressLane act as a software update, delivered in-person by CIA technicians. But the documents make clear that program itself remain unchanged. Instead, the program enters the system’s data to a thumb drive. Agents can examine it to see if there’s anything holding back by partner system.

Moreover, if the partners refuse the phone update. There’s a hidden kill-switch that lets agents shut down the entire system after a set period of time. Requiring an in-person visit to restore the system.

It’s still unclear who those Intel partners. WikiLeaks claims the program primarily used against US agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. Although the targets are far less clear from the documents themselves.

If CIA doesn’t maintain any significant biometric database on its own, it’s also unclear what the agency would do with any data obtained in this manner.

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