FBI Launching National Facial Recognition Program

FBI NGIMight be time to invest in one of those Pixelhead masks! Nextgov reports on the FBI’s new Big Brother-eque undertaking:

The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov.

The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI’s existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects, partly through applying other biometric markers, such as iris scans and voice recordings.

Often law enforcement authorities will “have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don’t know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case,” said Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI’s criminal justice information services division. The new facial recognition service can help provide that missing link by retrieving a list of mug shots ranked in order of similarity to the features of the subject in the photo.

Today, an agent would have to already know the name of an individual to pull up the suspect’s mug shot from among the 10 million shots stored in the bureau’s existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Using the new Next-Generation Identification system that is under development, law enforcement analysts will be able to upload a photo of an unknown person; choose a desired number of results from two to 50 mug shots; and, within 15 minutes, receive identified mugs to inspect for potential matches…

[continues at Nextgov]

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  • DeepCough

    Smile for Big Brother and say, “Dystopia!”

    • Anarchy Pony

      Big Brother approves this message.

  • DeepCough

    Smile for Big Brother and say, “Dystopia!”

  • Wanooski

    Big Brother approves this message.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Where was this technology when I was in college?  It might have had some benign potential then.  You can call a hung-over co-ed “babe” only so many times before it’s apparent you haven’t a clue what her name is.

  • Anonymous

    Where was this technology when I was in college?  It might have had some benign potential then.  You can call a hung-over co-ed “babe” only so many times before it’s apparent you haven’t a clue what her name is.

  • N2itaway

    Person of Interest started out as a fictional program…who knew?

  • N2itaway

    Person of Interest started out as a fictional program…who knew?

  • http://twitter.com/MarcyChen Marcy Chen

    Pretty soon they’ll load the driver’s license photo database into the system so they have EVERYONE and if you walk into an intersection with a traffic camera, it will run you for warrants. 

  • http://twitter.com/MarcyChen Marcy Chen

    Pretty soon they’ll load the driver’s license photo database into the system so they have EVERYONE and if you walk into an intersection with a traffic camera, it will run you for warrants. 

  • iPINCH

    they cant forget a face like mine anyway.

  • iPINCH

    they cant forget a face like mine anyway.

  • No345

    We live in a police stae…
    Our rights are trampled on a daily basis…
    The rich and powerful profit off our systematic imprisonment….

    When will this nation awaken to the fact that these bastards have declared war on us?

  • No345

    We live in a police stae…
    Our rights are trampled on a daily basis…
    The rich and powerful profit off our systematic imprisonment….

    When will this nation awaken to the fact that these bastards have declared war on us?

  • Guest

    hmm didn’t we already get this story, like.. forever ago?  but speaking of this, this may be why the police are out there filming the protesters… to create a profile that would identify future rebels.  not that it sounds like a great idea, but it sounds like some dumb ass shit they would pull.

  • Guest

    hmm didn’t we already get this story, like.. forever ago?  but speaking of this, this may be why the police are out there filming the protesters… to create a profile that would identify future rebels.  not that it sounds like a great idea, but it sounds like some dumb ass shit they would pull.