FBI Begins $1 Billion Face Recognition Project

Expect plastic surgery to be a booming field starting in 2014. Via New Scientist:

As part of an update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has begun rolling out facial recognition to identify criminals.

It will form part of the bureau’s long-awaited, $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, which will also add biometrics such as iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification to the toolkit. A handful of states began uploading their photos as part of a pilot programme this February and it is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014. In addition to scanning mugshots for a match, FBI officials have indicated that they are keen to track a suspect by picking out their face in a crowd.

But privacy advocates are worried by the broad scope of the FBI’s plans. They are concerned that people with no criminal record who are caught on camera alongside a person of interest could end up in a federal database, or be subject to unwarranted surveillance.

17 Comments on "FBI Begins $1 Billion Face Recognition Project"

  1. FaceBooh has largest face database. 

  2. Rex Vestri | Sep 11, 2012 at 9:52 am |

    What a colossal waste of taxpayer money.

    • Sounds like  – To protect you from criminals, who may steal your $100 we need your $1billion taxes and your photos.  

  3. To “search for” non-existent and self-invented criminals they are gonna take photos of everyone and put cameras in our beds and toilets. 

  4. Stoppedby | Sep 11, 2012 at 10:51 am |

    I think that this country is ruled by corporations, not the state. True government would never rob its own citizens. In a country ruled by true government everyone has a job and very few people commit crimes. What is obvious for me is that this country, which has highest number of prisoners in the world, which has system of private prisons, which paranoicaly sees its enemies all over the world, is bullshitting its own people. Corporations set presidents-puppets in a show called democratic elections, to hide who is  really robbing people. And this $1 bln. project is simply a big business for the corporation named FBI. Other corporations are TSA, CDC, etc. Countless corporations. This is not a state. This is just one big business on people, named America. 

  5. Anarchy Pony | Sep 11, 2012 at 11:56 am |

    I sure feel completely unsafe, thanks to this insanely paranoid brilliant and wonderful conspiracy plan.

  6. Tio Holtzman | Sep 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm |

    Easy, inexpensive, do-it-yourself facial modification kits!
    I will call it:  Erasmus (TM) 

    • Anarchy Pony | Sep 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm |

      Too bad we don’t all have access to those awesome IMF(Impossible Mission Force) masks.

  7. they found a billion dollars on the floor at the CIA
    so they kicked it down to the insane clown posse (aka: the fbi)

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