FBI Launches $1 Billion Face Recognition Project

Sara Reardon, writing for New Scientist:

“As part of an update to the national fingerprint database, the FBI has begun rolling out facial recognition to identify criminals.

It will form part of the bureau’s long-awaited, $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) programme, which will also add biometrics such as iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification to the toolkit.”

(Via Engadget.)

Hmm. If we couple the FBI’s new facial recognition system to the ubiquitous security camera networks growing in cities and towns across the US, and add voice identification to the NSA’s Echelon program and that agency’s massive, new data center in the Utah desert, and link the two with law enforcement’s increasing use of pilotless, drone aircraft, we get …