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FBI Plans a $1 Billion Face Recognition Database

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Published on Sep 13, 2012

FBI Plans a $1 Billion Face Recognition Database - as part of the news series by GeoBeats.

The FBI is ready to implement a $1 billion program that can pick out and recognize faces on a busy street using surveillance camera footage. Using face recognition technology, along with biometric tools like iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification, the FBI's arsenal for tracking down criminals is getting very high tech.

By using an algorithm that matches people's faces with an archive of mugshots, the new technology has the capability to identify people through the use of security camera footage and pictures uploaded to the internet. The FBI has plans for the project to go nationwide by 2014.

Prior tests have indicated that the algorithm has a 92 percent accuracy rate in identifying people's faces from a database containing 1.6 million. The FBI has worked with state driver's license issuers to cross reference state ID pictures. American Civil Liberties Union's Jay Stanley said: "Once you start plugging this into the FBI database, it becomes tantamount to a national photographic database."

Do you think this system is a good idea, or an invasion of privacy?

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