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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > FBI Uses Public Photo Database to Find Criminals

FBI Uses Public Photo Database to Find Criminals

FBI Uses Public Photo Database to Find Criminals

Added: Friday, June 17th, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ISP, Download, BitTorrent, MPAA, RIAA, copyright-infringement, file-sharing, Torrenting
The recent study revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains a huge database of over 410m photos compiled from such sources as driver’s licenses, passport applications and visa applications. The FBI cross-references them with photos of criminal suspects using questionable facial recognition software.


The Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that the FBI did not appropriately disclose the database’s impact on public privacy until the FBI was audited last month. As a result, GAO recommended the attorney general to determine why the bureau failed to obey the disclosure requirements and to determine whether the software is correctly cross-referencing collected photos with images of criminal suspects.

The problem is that images of faces are protected personal data, according to the Privacy Act of 1974, which limits the collection, disclosure and use of personal data and requires agencies to disclose its kinds and ways of using it. However, the FBI did not publish such disclosures.

It is known that the FBI’s system searches not just its own database, but also other photo databases maintained by other agencies.

Initial queries about the program referred to the system that allows the bureau and some other agencies to cross-reference surveillance camera footage and other pictures with its collection of candidate photos. However, the recent report found a much larger program, run by the FBI, which conducts face recognition searches and is able to access external partners’ face recognition systems to support FBI active investigations.

Aside from privacy concerns, there is the question of the accuracy of the comparisons between photos of suspects and law-abiding citizens. Apparently, the results guaranteed 80-85% accuracy if the candidate is in the top 50 responses. In other words, it’s highly inaccurate. And as the database expands, the accuracy declines.

The state governments currently keep detailed facial recognition databases from driver’s licenses in order to stymie identity theft and other crimes, but the FBI uses this data for a very different purpose. In response, the FBI claimed it believed previous disclosures were adequate and its searches were in compliance with the US law.

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Date:  Friday, June 17th, 2016

Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanKitty (2016-06-17 20:07:10)
SirSeedsAlot avatarI bet they also have Apple's finger print scans from the iPhones

posted by (2016-06-18 08:40:18)
edddy avatarIt make you wonder who is the criminal.

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET loverSupermanmen (2016-06-18 15:53:35)
analogkid6103 avatarI would have been surprised if they didn't. Especially now that the Russian facial recognition software is available for regular peeps to use. It should be expected that the Fed is also using whatever resource available.

posted by (2016-06-19 01:37:33)
Therealbubfred avatarAfter 9/11 Americans have no rights! Thanks terrorist! Our Government, thanks you also!

posted by (2016-06-19 04:24:52)
No avatarThat's NSA, not the FBI! FBI is trying to make that crap legal?? I still need to find the ones in my home!

posted by (2016-06-19 05:21:19)
No avatarGot No Problem wtih the facial recognition Database. The simple truth of the matter; Is if your causing all sorts of misery to other people lives. They should be able to find you with your dumb selfie.

posted by (2016-06-19 08:50:05)
No avatar@6 +1. In this shitty world, you will have to choose between privacy or security.

@3 What is the name of that Russian software?

posted by Site FriendET junkieET loverSupermanTurtle (2016-06-20 09:54:17)
STFU avatarFindFace @7

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