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Tag: iris scan

FBI’s Facial-Recognition Technology Could Fail Up to 20% of the Time

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has said its facial-recognition technology is a critical component of fighting the war on terror and other serious threats.

But new records indicate the technology could fail 20% of the time, the National Journal reports.

“An innocent person may become part of an investigation because the technology isn’t completely accurate,” said Jeramie Scott, an attorney with EPIC who reviewed the documents, citing the Boston Marathon bombings as an example. “They’re pushing it forward even though the technology isn’t ready for prime time.”

The FBI could’t be reached for comment.

The technology is part of the FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, which includes iris and fingerprint scans.

 

FBI Launching Pilot to Keep Database on Eye Scans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is upgrading its tools to track criminals.

A $1 billion upgrade includes expanding its fingerprint database to include iris scans, facial images and palm prints, Slate reports.

By 2014, the FBI hopes to roll out a pilot nationwide database of iris images from other law enforcement agencies.

Slate reports that security and privacy questions have arisen, partially because of the potential for hackers to gain access to the information.