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FBI Introducing National Facial Recognition System

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

October 12, 2011

The FBI's Next Generation Identification system will soon be launched, NetworkWorld reports, and it aims to "combine biometric identifiers like fingerprints, palms, iris scans and voice recordings" while matching names to unidentified photos. With testing to begin in January, the new face-search tool is expected to be available to law enforcement authorities across the country by 2014, but privacy advocates are concerned some of the uploaded photos may be of people who are not ultimately convicted of a crime, the report states. One civil liberties advocate suggested removing those not convicted from the system, but the FBI has not commented, the report states.
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