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Are you in the new "Most Wanted" database?

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

According to a new report released by the  Electronic Frontier Foundation, the FBI is building the facial recognition database of the future, the Next Generation Identification (NGI).

However,  this new tool to fight crime will also house NONCRIMINAL fingerprints, iris scans, hand scans and your picture.  

Reports indicate this database can ingest 55,000 images a day and will have 52 million face shots by next year.

WBTV Cyber Expert Theresa Payton shares her thoughts below:

How do non criminals end up in the database?

Pictures of non criminals will come from different sources.  

Something as simple as a possible employer taking your headshot to run for a background check could land you in the database for future review.

Walking by a surveillance camera may get your mug shot taken and ingested into the NGI.

1.  Having pictures on file of everyone might help in identifying suspects sooner

2.  Privacy concern - false positives

This could be a great tool to fight crime but we need to have an open dialog about the potential privacy issues.

EFF Report

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