The FBI is requesting an exception to the biometric data base law


Last Thursday, the FBI proposed excluding the biometric database of the service from provisions of the Privacy Act, while US law obliges each federal agency to inform citizens of the data it collects and stores.

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The FBI's Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) is a huge database of biometric information such as fingerprints, iris scans, facial scans, and even DNA samples.

The database is often used to identify suspected criminals. In earlier times, the database was used less, but with the emergence of modern biometric authentication systems, the value of this database has grown too much because it allows FBI to access locked devices.

The database does not only include information from people who have committed crimes. The NGI also includes data from people who at one time gave fingerprints or swept their iris for their work or for issuing a license.

In practice, anyone who has served in the army, or works on a government post, has issued ID documents and other licenses is already in the database.

The FBI naturally seeks to hide the size of the database. 2015, after a long battle in court, the Electronic Frontier Foundation revealed that the database contained data over 52 of millions of US citizens. The US has a population of about 320 million.

In March of 2016, the San Diego Union Tribune revealed that the FBI has access to any biometric data that has private databases such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe.

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