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FBI Database Fuels Privacy Concerns

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

September 10, 2012

A move by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to upgrade its biometric database has a number of privacy and civil liberties groups raising red flags over potential privacy intrusions, CNET News reports. The Next Generation Identification program will update the FBI’s fingerprint database and will compile mugshots, DNA data, iris scans and voice recognition to help agents track down suspects. An FBI spokesman said the agency “is tentatively planning to host a meeting of federal law enforcement and national security agencies with privacy and civil liberties groups to discuss various aspects of federal government uses of facial recognition technology later this year.” Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) has expressed privacy concerns about the database.
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