Smile, You’re in the FBI Face-Recognition Database
I’ve been in the fingerprint DB since the 70’s (my company had to get bonded to monitor alarms,) and in the facial recognition DB probably since the first cruise we took in 2003. I’m wondering how the rest of you feel about this?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has access to as many as 411.9 million images as part of its face-recognition database. The bulk of those images are photographs of people who have committed no crime, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The report says the bureau’s Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation Services Unit contains not only 30 million mug shots, but also has access to driver license photos from 16 states, the State Department’s visa and passport database, and the biometric database maintained by the Defense Department.
The GAO report, titled “FACE RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY: FBI Should Better Ensure Privacy and Accuracy,” comes nearly two years after the bureau said its facial recognition project graduated from a pilot project to “full operational capability.” The facial recognition project is combined with a fingerprint database.