I'm interested in any airport, any circumstance. If recorded, I'd be interested to know for how long the records are kept.

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    I don't believe any of these conversations are routinely recorded, not even in secondary, as CBP really like to be able to lie in their reports and don't like evidence that contradicts whatever they want to write. Which is also why they don't want you to record... May 13, 2020 at 18:30
  • Actually, I believe ALL conversations are recorded, even in secondary, to provide support for any legal proceeding to follow. Whether or not they would make them available upon FOIA request is another question.
    – CGCampbell
    May 13, 2020 at 21:44
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    @MichaelHampton Do you have any evidence to back up your assertion that the 'CBP really like to be able to lie'?
    – user105640
    May 13, 2020 at 21:55
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    @Arthur'sPass A wide variety of news stories over the past few years. Mostly they are screwing over migrants, but visitors do occasionally get caught up in this. May 13, 2020 at 22:50
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    @jcaron Oh, I know. It's a real pain in the ass. May 14, 2020 at 11:20

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The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Patrol uses a system called CAVSS (Centralized Area Video Surveillance System) and in 2018 was evaluating IDVRS (Incident Driven Video Recording System) which are body-cams for individuals.

The length of time CAVSS recordings are kept are listed in the Privacy Impact Assessment PDF, Section 5.1, available at the first link.

Whether or not they've actually installed surveillance in ALL airports I don't know, and I'm not certain they will make this information public.


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