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FBI Launches $1 Billion Nationwide Face Recognition System
9/8/2012

MrSeb writes "The U.S. Federal Bureau of hearing has begun rolling out its new $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system. In essence, NGI is a nationwide database of mugshots, iris scans, DNA records, voice samples, and other biometrics that will help the FBI tab* and catch criminals — but it is how this biometric data is captured, through a nationwide network of cameras and photo databases, that is raising the eyebrows of privacy advocates. Until now, the FBI relied on IAFIS, a subject portrayal database that has long been due an overhaul. Over the last few months, the FBI has been pilot testing a face credit system, which will soon be scaled up (PDF) until it's nationwide. In theory, this should result in much faster affirmative




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document.write identifications of criminals and fewer unsolved cases. The problem is, the FBI hasn't guaranteed that the NGI will only use photos of known criminals. There may come a time when the NGI is filled with as many photos as possible, from as many sources as possible, of as many people as earthly — irregular or otherwise. Imagine if the NGI had full access to every driving license and passport photo in the country — and DNA records kept by doctors, and iris scans kept by businesses. The FBI's NGI, if the right checks and balances aren't in place, could very easily become a tool that decimates civilian privacy and freedom."

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