FBI to Build $1 Billion Biometrics Database
A few years ago there was talk of virtually everything and everyone being RFID-tagged and trackable anytime and anywhere. Well, forget that ancient technology because the FBI is spending a billion dollars and taking the next decade to develop the largest biometrics database in history, also known as NGI (Next Generation Identification).
The FBI is expected to announce this week the awarding of a $1 billion, 10-year contract to develop the largest and most comprehensive government biometrics database in history -- with information on the palm prints, eye scans, tattoos, and other identifying physical data of citizens and those who pass through.
"It's the beginning of the surveillance society where you can be tracked anywhere, any time and all your movements, and eventually all your activities will be tracked and noted and correlated," said Barry Steinhardt, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Technology and Liberty Project.
The FBI has also started collecting mug shots and pictures of scars and tattoos. These images are being stored for now as the technology is fine-tuned. All of the FBI's biometric data is stored on computers 30-feet underground in the Clarksburg facility.
In addition, the FBI could soon start comparing people's eyes -- specifically the iris, or the colored part of an eye -- as part of its new biometrics program called Next Generation Identification.