FBI Aims f/World's Largest Biometric Database

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    spy1 Registered Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Clover, SC

    "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion (504 million pounds) project to build the world's largest computer database of biometrics to give the U.S. government more ways to identify people at home and abroad, the Washington Post reported on Friday.

    The FBI has already started compiling digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns in its systems, the paper said.

    In January, the agency -- which focuses on violations of federal law, espionage by foreigners and terrorist activities -- expects to award a 10-year contract to expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives, it said.

    At an employer's request, the FBI will also retain the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks, the paper said.

    If successful, the system, called Next Generation Identification, will collect the biometric information in one place for identification and forensic purposes, the Post said."
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