FBI Facial Recognition Program

Last week, the FBI announced it was spending $1 billion on a facial recognition program. Called the “Next Generation Identification Program (NGI), pilot testing began in some jurisdictions in February of this year, with full implementation expected by 2014. It actually goes beyond facial recognition and includes collection of other biometric data, including  iris scans, DNA and voice identification, to be stored alongside fingerprints in it’s national database. The database will be used to track criminals or suspicious persons,  in real time, using surveillance cameras. The current plan is to use only photos of those previously convicted of crimes, but as the Daily Mail points out, the FBI has already worked with states to collect drivers license information.

The news was first broken by New Scientist, which quotes a study stating the facial recognition software is only 92% accurate. All links via REDDIT



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