‘Minority Report’ facial recognition system being installed across USA by FBI; everyone to be tracked
by: J. D. Heyes
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Don’t look now, but Big Brother is one step closer to watching you all of the time, no matter where you are.
The FBI has begun introducing its brand new $1 billion biometric Next Generation Identification (NGI) system which is, in essence, a nationwide database of mug shots, iris scans, DNA records, voice samples and other biometrics.
The nation’s foremost law enforcement agency says the system will help agents identify and catch criminals (the “it’s for your own good” excuse, in case you’ve not heard it before), but as usual, the devil is in the details. It’s how this biometric data will be captured that has privacy advocates wailing at the top of their lungs: It will be collected via a nationwide network of cameras and photography databases.
Before this monstrosity was developed, the FBI relied on another, less capable system, IAFIS, which is a national fingerprint database that has long needed an overhaul.
Over the past few months, the agency has been testing a pilot facial recognition system. Soon, agents will also be able to search the system for other biometrics such as iris scans and DNA, says ExtremeTech.com.