The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system is now fully operational, after more than three years of development. The bureau announced today that development on the project is complete, and it would be rolling out new features for ongoing criminal notifications as well as a controversial facial recognition feature called the Interstate Photo System, or IPS. IPS will serve as "an image-searching capability of photographs associated with criminal identities," according to the release.My only questions are these.
The facial recognition system has come under fire from privacy groups for mixing traditional mug shot photos with non-criminal faces pulled from employment records and background check databases. The system is expected to collect as many as 52 million faces in total.
Who is watching the watchers and guaranteeing that the data and images collected are used properly and not abused for malicious purposes. (NSA)
And isn't the idea of being tracked from point A, to point B, to point C, not a democratic society ideal, but something more likened to Communists, Warlords or Dictaitors?
The possibilities and implications for abuse are just overwhelming and too numerious.