New Report: FBI Can Access Hundreds of Millions of Face Recognition Photos

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The FBI has quietly built up a database of 412 Million portraits, which can be automatically scanned to identify suspects who appear on surveillance photos.

Today the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) finally published its exhaustive report on the FBI’s face recognition capabilities. The takeaway: FBI has access to hundreds of millions more photos than we ever thought. And the Bureau has been hiding this fact from the public—in flagrant violation of federal law and agency policy—for years.

According to the GAO Report, FBI’s Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation (FACE) Services unit not only has access to FBI’s Next Generation Identification (NGI) face recognition database of nearly 30 million civil and criminal mug shot photos, it also has access to the State Department’s Visa and Passport databases, the Defense Department’s biometric database, and the drivers license databases of at least 16 states. Totaling 411.9 million images, this is an unprecedented number of photographs, most of which are of Americans and foreigners who have committed no crimes.
All collected information can and will be used against you in the future. This time it was the US, next some country in Europe. The awful trend is continuing in one dire direction...sigh. This new database have been used since April 2015 according to the report, and since then the FBI have made 36000 searches in the database.

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Palantír 6 years ago from Diaspora