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FBI's past and future use of biometric technology

The FBI is not shy about using technology. The bureau has used high tech gadgets for decades. While not quiet on the level as Agent 99 or 007, technology and gadgets are part of tool box the Bureau uses.
Written by Doug Hanchard, Contributor on

The FBI is not shy about using technology. The bureau has used high tech gadgets for decades. While not quiet on the level as Agent 99 or 007, technology and gadgets are part of tool box the Bureau uses.

With some devices and applications the FBI's approach has been one of caution. The agency has seen beta to production to upgrade to DOA of so many different kinds of technology they too have shaken their heads at some of the ideas and concepts suggested. R&D breeds innovation that is inescapable.  The FBI has 'witnessed' an explosion in innovation, concepts and resources available to assist in investigative police work. The FBI is more than just a federal law enforcement agency - a lot more and has been on the leading edge of using technology to track, investigate and secure evidence since its inception. The FBI is a world leader in ballistics, DNA and other fields of technology used to collect evidence including Biometrics. Did you know that they've been using various forms of this technology since the 1960's?

Released today on the FBI website is a snippet of the FBI's history and future of using the technology. Among some of the more interesting pieces of 'evidence' ;

  • Coordinating current FBI biometric systems-such as our systems for fingerprints and DNA-and exploring new biometric technologies that can be turned into usable tools for law enforcement and intelligence agencies;
  • Engaging a team of experts to address privacy and other important legal, policy, and procedural issues related to the use of biometric systems.
  • Working with partners in government (such as the Department of Defense), academia (like the University of West Virginia), and the private sector (such as the International Association for Identification) on research and development efforts;
  • Ensuring interoperability between FBI biometric systems and other federal, state, and international biometric systems; and
  • Developing biometric training for our law enforcement and intelligence partners, establishing biometric standards, and certifying biometric products.

To learn more about the FBI's use of Biometrics click here

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