Update about FBI's NGI

In October 2011 we wrote about the start of the Next Generation Identification Database (NGI) of the FBI. New documents published by EFF.org show that the FBI is on the way toward a fully operational face recognition database by this summer. The NGI database contains biometric records like fingerprints, palm prints, iris scans, and facial recognition data. Biometric datasets are linked with personal information like their home address, age, legal status, and other potentially compromising details. As much as one third of the U.S. population is stored up to now in NGI (criminals and non-criminals).

By EEF.org the most dangerous part is the face recognition component of NGI. At the moment the database contains 13.6 million images representing between 7 and 8 million individuals. Until 2015 the database may contain 52 million images and will be one of the larges face recognition database around the world.

Read the full article FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database at EFF.org.


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