FBI Completes Facial Recognition Program


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FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) released news from its department concerning identification tool that has been under development. It announced that the tool that will be used for identifying people and even searching their faces is complete. The tool has features believed to be faster in performing their functions, which will obviously speed up detection of criminals.

The tool, officially known as Next Generation Identification System (NGI) as the FBI calls it, is believed to be very good in the identification function. According to FBI, this tool is going to replace the current fingerprint-tracking system. In this program, the bureau will be using mug shots to search for people. The new system will do detection by identifying scars, tattoos, and other features on one’s body. FBI said there’s a feature in the system by the name Interstate Photo System (IPS) which will search photos associated by the criminals. “The IPS facial recognition service provides the nation’s law enforcement community with an investigative tool that provides an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities.” It was announced.

According to Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the system brings threat to the privacy of Americans regardless of whether they have a criminal record or not. In April EFF filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for information on the system because of the threat it believes the system will bring. Even though EFF is against the system, no official claims from the government that has stopped the FBI from launching the system. The development of NGI is a step towards efficiency in investigation.

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