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It’s coming into the home stretch and it’s Lockheed…it’s Northrop…it’s IBM, no it’s Lockheed again…

As I first reported near the end of December, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking to build the “worlds largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics.” The system dubbed as Next Generation Identification would track everything from iris patterns, to tattoos, to palm, and finger prints in order to keep tabs on the biometrics of bad guys.

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Today, our friends over at the Washington Times picked up on a story first broke by the U.K.’s Guardian concerning a plan to link FBI biometric data with data collected by the Brits. The British federal law enforcement has voiced openly their privacy concerns over such a system and I doubt it will be popular, politically, to become bedfellows with the American FBI in such a public manner. However, senior British officials acknowledged they will be in Washington this week to discuss the program called, “Server in the Sky.”

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Biometrics is the buzz in identification technology these days. Saturday, the Washington Post reported on a $1 billion project, called Next Generation Identification, being shopped around by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to build the worlds “largest computer database of peoples’ physical characteristics.” The FBI already houses one of the largest databases of biometric, but this 10-year contract will look to expand the database and make it searchable to the over 900,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agents who have access to it now. Fingerprints, DNA, iris patters, palm prints and face shape are among the most common measures of biometrics – but soon, voice signature, walking patters and other less definable characteristics will be able to give away your identity to law enforcement, for good or ill.

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