May 10, 2016 Featured News, Govt, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.
Catalin Cimpanu writes:
This past Thursday, the FBI proposed that its biometric database be exempt from several provisions of the Privacy Act, US legislation that mandates that any federal agency must inform individuals about the records they collect and keep about them.
The FBI’s Next Generation Identification System (NGIS) is a database of biometrics information such as fingerprints, eye scans, facial scans, and even DNA samples.
The database is often used to identify crime suspects, and while in past times the database was rarely used, with the emergence of modern biometrics authentication systems, the database’s importance has grown tenfold because it also allows the FBI access to locked devices.
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