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FBI Launching Facial Recognition Service

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The FBI by mid-January will launch a nationwide facial recognition service in select states to help local police identify unknown subjects in photos, according to a report in NextGov.

The FBI’s fingerprint database is being overhauled to apply other biometric markers, including iris scans and voice recordings, to help identify suspects quicker.

Often law enforcement authorities will have a “have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don’t know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case,” said Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI’s criminal justice information services division.

The new facial recognition service can help provide that missing link by compiling a list of mug shots ranked in order of similarity to the features of the subject in the photo.

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