The FBI has officially started rolling out a state-of-the-art face recognition project called Next Generation Identification (NGI) that will assist in their effort to accumulate and archive information about each and every American at a cost of a billion dollars. The FBI first outlined the project back in 2005, explaining to the Justice Department in an August 2006 that their new system will eventually serve as an upgrade to the current Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) that keeps track of citizens with criminal records across America. The $ 1 billion dollar price tag feels a little low for what they are trying to do!
“The NGI Program is a compilation of initiatives that will either improve or expand existing biometric identification services,” its administrator explained to the Department of Justice at the time, adding that the project, “will accommodate increased information processing and sharing demands in support of anti-terrorism.”
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