FBI Biometric Database Plans Explained, Criticized
To the consternation of some privacy advocates, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is set to award a 10-year, $1 billioncontract to build a biometric database of people's facila characteristics.
"Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives," reports Washington Post staff writer Ellen Nakashima. "And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists.
Nakashima adds that to help boster this database, he FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.
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