• FBI's facial recognition system can access 411 million photos

    Mariella Moon
    Mariella Moon

    When we first wrote about the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, we said the agency has access to 70 million photos. Turns out the feds can sift through tons more images than that. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has discovered that the FBI actually has access to 411.9 million pictures of Americans and foreigners alike, most of whom have no prior criminal records. FACE can look through NGI's collection, as well through biometric databases ran by the DOJ and 16 different states. It can also search the State Department's passport and visa application records for possible matches.