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EPIC Sues FBI Over NGI Database

BIOMETRICS—U.S.

April 9, 2013

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to get access to documents outlining the “Next Generation Identification” (NGI) database. According to an EPIC press release, the database contains biometric identifiers—including fingerprints, DNA profiles, iris scans, palm prints and voice identification profiles—of millions of American citizens. The complaint filed by EPIC stated, “When completed, the NGI system will be the largest biometric database in the world.” The FBI plans to use the database to match information with data gleaned from outlets such as CCTV.
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