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EFF said the FBI will have a fully operational face recognition database by this summer

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has a facial recognition database that is expected to grow significantly in size, and will place civilians with non-criminal backgrounds in it as well.

According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) database will hold 52 million photos by 2015, which is quite a boost from the 16 million held in the database in the middle of 2013.

EFF, which got its hands on some important documents, said that 4.3 million images in the database will include those with "non-criminal purposes." 

Further, the NGI database will be sorted a bit differently from the FBI's fingerprint database, which keeps criminal and non-criminal records separate. With the NGI database, criminal and non-criminal photos will be kept side-by-side. 


This means that a query to the fingerprint database will only return a criminal or non-criminal result based on which set of records your searching. For the NGI database, any and all results will be returned. 
A major question has been how the FBI will grab records and photos from civilians who have never been arrested. Some believe employers who require a background check or fingerprinting send the records to the FBI, which can be included in the civil database.
This will likely raise consumer privacy concerns, as those who have not been arrested for a crime will likely want to be kept out of the database unless they give the FBI a reason to be there (for example, getting arrested). 
The FBI, on the other hand, likely sees it as easy identification and authentication both online and offline. This could help them find anyone they may suspect in an investigative crime. 
EFF said the FBI would have a fully operational face recognition database by this summer.

Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

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criminal/non criminal
By kleinma on 4/15/2014 3:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
FBI's Facial Recognition Database to Have 52 Million Criminal, Non-Criminal Photos by 2015

Couldn't that just be simplified to

FBI's Facial Recognition Database to Have 52 Million Photos by 2015

RE: criminal/non criminal
By ipay on 4/15/2014 3:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
True, but reasonable people, because of context (FBI), might think that would be people with some sort of record. But things have become unreasonable, thus the clarification.

RE: criminal/non criminal
By GulWestfale on 4/15/2014 3:49:35 PM , Rating: 3
you are all criminals in the eyes of your government.

RE: criminal/non criminal
By sorry dog on 4/15/2014 8:06:51 PM , Rating: 2
or at least potential criminals.

I really see some really scary potential abuses of a database like this, because you can bet that this is only the beginning.

Maybe I'm paranoid, but the argument of "if your doing anything wrong then you don't have anything to be worried about." However, if I'm not doing anything wrong, then why does the government need a picture of me in their criminal photo database??

RE: criminal/non criminal
By JasonMick on 4/15/2014 10:17:17 PM , Rating: 3
He had committed--would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper--the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.
George Orwell, 1984

(Today reality, basically, albeit three decades late...)

RE: criminal/non criminal
By amanojaku on 4/15/2014 3:53:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. And that would hide the fact that the FBI has photos of people who have not been confirmed to have committed crimes. You would expect the FBI to have a database of ONLY confirmed criminals. Just like I would expect the police to ONLY have fingerprints of people who were arrested.

RE: criminal/non criminal
By daboom06 on 4/15/2014 4:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
except everyone that works with kids has to be fingerprinted to work. that's how it is in michigan, at least.

RE: criminal/non criminal
By drycrust3 on 4/15/2014 10:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
There was a report in the media in March about one James Robert Jones, who escaped from military prison in 1977. He had been sentenced to 23 years jail for the murder of a soldier in 1974. He was arrested in March after the US Army asked the US Marshall service to see if they could find him, and they did it by using photo matching technology. They matched the photo the US Army gave him with the one Jones had used when he applied for a driver's licence under an assumed name after his escape.

By rbuszka on 4/16/2014 5:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
And you thought Facebook was only interested in selling your personal info to advertisers. When FB started recognizing the faces of your friends in photos, nobody should have been so naive as to expect that this was just to improve their own convenience. Instead, it was a trial balloon to see how comfortable the public would be with the advances of facial recognition.

With the photos of your face from multiple angles, authorities can build a digital 3-D model of your facial features (a 'faceprint') to allow them to recognize your unique face from any direction out to 180 degrees off-axis. Any surveillance camera now can not only see you, but recognize you by name as well and connect that to your facebook profile (dossier).

The only way to work against a system like this is to decrease the signal to noise ratio by providing incorrect and/or contradictory data. For example, you might decide to tell Facebook (and the Feds) that you're a 58-year-old empty-nester from Tampa instead of a 25-year-old machinist in Waco with handgun and PC gaming hobbies.

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