'Server in the Sky': FBI international biometric db planned

'Server in the Sky': FBI international biometric db planned

Summary: Right around Christmas, I wrote about a new FBI program to build a massive, $1 billion database of biometric data. I quoted a WaPo story that said:Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives.

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Right around Christmas, I wrote about a new FBI program to build a massive, $1 billion database of biometric data. I quoted a WaPo story that said:

Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists.

I'm not totally sure if this is the same program but Tuesday (UK time) the British paper the Guardian reported that the US and the assorted members of the British Commonwealth -- the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand -- have formed a working group to explore bringing the nations' biometric data together into a huge "server in the sky."

The FBI told the Guardian: "Server in the Sky is an FBI initiative designed to foster the advanced search and exchange of biometric information on a global scale. While it is currently in the concept and design stages, once complete it will provide a technical forum for member nations to submit biometric search requests to other nations. It will maintain a core holding of the world's 'worst of the worst' individuals. Any identifications of these people will be sent as a priority message to the requesting nation."

In Britain, the key database is called IDENT1 and it holds 7 million sets of fingerprints and biometric data. It's operated by Northrup Grumman, which expects to add facial images, palm prints and video to the database.

The National Policing Improvement Agency said it was aware of Server in the Sky but it's "too early to comment on what our active participation might be." A spokeswoman for Northrup said, "It can run independently but if existing systems are connected up to it then the intelligence agencies would have to approve." The Guardian notes:

The plan will make groups anxious to safeguard personal privacy question how much access to UK databases is granted to foreign law enforcement agencies. There will also be concern over security, particularly after embarrassing data losses within the UK, and accuracy: in one case, an arrest for a terror offence by US investigators used what turned out to be misidentified fingerprint matches.

Topics: Government US, Government, Servers

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  • Alreadsy 7 million?

    In a database supposedly only containing info on the ?worst of the worst?, and it's just getting launched? Uh huh - sure sounds like they plan to restrict its use to extreme cases only - not.
    slr51
    • I guess that depends on your definition of worst

      They could be using a very loose one.
      roaming
  • RE: 'Server in the Sky': More BS!

    What can't be done in the U.S. (Due to that pesky constitution and stupid Americans and their freedoms) can be done in Britain, out of the constitutions sphere of protections, and that supreme court!

    Get caught over inflating that two liter plastic soda bottle on the Fourth of July and see how fast the "Dept. of Homeland Security" tags YOU as a "Terrorist"!

    It's one thing to rid the Earth of true alkaida monsters, quite another to use them as the building blocks to world totalitarian fascism as is now happening. Don't think so?

    What's happening to our sovereign borders? Why is the Republican party being purged of Reagan Conservatives? Why does it seem that our federal government pays NO attention to we the people? Why are we being financially collapsed via NAFTA, CAFTA, and everything else?? Left wing, right wing, same bird! A vulture!

    Why is there a crisis in political Washington faster than "We the people can respond"? Why is America being seriously distracted with new national security issues nearly daily? Why have we been so seriously divided?

    America HAS BEEN sold and is now being restructured politically, financially, and new classes being formatted! You just don't know it yet!

    Very soon we will wake up in a NEW Global community America, a new borderless global central government, a new global currency, and yes, A new global religion!

    It is happening, it WILL happen!

    Don't believe it? Just put it on the shelf.

    And, stop drinking the coolaid!

    Hate God? Become communist! Not the other way around.
    RS9
  • RE: 'Server in the Sky': FBI international biometric db planned

    Frankly, I think those of you who would prevent the government for trying to use technology to identify and apprehend crooks, child molesters, murderers, etc., etc. should have their children molested, their daughters raped and killed, and themselves assaulted and robbed. Then perhaps they could comprehend why the rest of us, would like for crime to be suppressed.
    rwe9@...
    • Speak for yourself...

      When a society is without freedom or privacy -- where every movement is tracked, cataloged and monitored by the government. Where the police know your whereabouts 24 hours per day, can watch you on cameras and know exactly what you are doing...

      There will be NO crime.

      However, is this the kind of society YOU want to live in? Do you want your children to grow up in the 'police state'?

      Speak for yourself. When I go to the toilet I close the door. It's not because everyone doesn't know what I'm doing in there. I just happen to prefer to have a little privacy.

      The way the governments are moving -- there isn't much left as it is.
      Marty R. Milette
  • Thanks Richard Koman for

    caring to give us a heads up on this going forward of total control
    of all the worlds citizens .
    Another similar item of
    note
    :http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article3193480.ece?
    print=yes&randnum=1200470844828
    gkrwc
  • RE: 'Server in the Sky': FBI international biometric db planned

    The future of the Fourth Reich seems to be assured.
    meniskos@...