Tag Archives: FBI

Lawmaker Says Facial Recognition Technology a Privacy Concern

Privacy concerns are the reason Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), recently requested a report from the Federal Trade Commission on the security challenges of facial recognition technology. According to NextGov.com, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee is working to help the committee update legislation on online privacy. …

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FBI Launching Facial Recognition Service

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 …

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FBI Crime Report Notes Decrease in Violent Crimes, Theft

Violent crime dropped significantly in 2010, according to FBI figures released Monday. The FBI’s annual “Crime in the United States” report says the estimated volume of violent crimes in 2010 dropped 6 percent, the fourth consecutive year it has declined. Robbery decreased the largest of all violent crimes, doing down …

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Kids Under 13 Can Keep Shoes On at Airports, Napolitano Says

Children 12 years old and younger soon will be able to keep their shoes on while going through airport security, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday. New DHS policy, to be rolled out in the coming months, also includes other ways to screen young children without resorting to a …

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FBI’s Mueller Tells Congress 9/11 Anniv. Threat Being Investigated

The U.S. intelligence community continues to investigate a credible and specific threat it received last week, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Tuesday. The threat was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting increased security measures in both New York City and Washington. Mueller testified …

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FBI Eliminated DNA Backlog, Audit Finds

The FBI has eliminated a backlog of DNA samples and now works with a more manageable number of samples, according to an inspector general report released Friday. In a 43-page report, investigators said the FBI’s effort to reduce its backlog resulted in a greater ability for state and local law …

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Gaps in Intel Sharing Nets Remain Ten Years After 9/11, Report Says

Ten years on from the 9/11 attacks, intelligence agencies are still struggling to strengthen the information sharing networks that broke down in 2001, says a report from the Congressional Research Service. The Hill reports the CRS issued a 33-page report on outstanding intelligence issues that Congress needs to address. The …

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Lawmakers Plan to Mark 9/11 Anniversary with Hearings on Terrorism

The House Intelligence Committee plans to mark the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by holding public hearings on the threat of terrorism, AFP reported Wednesday. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and an unnamed CIA official will appear before the committee Sept. 13. FBI Director Robert Mueller and National …

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Two More Years for FBI Director Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller was sworn in Wednesday for another two-year term as head of the bureau. Mueller had already been in charge of the bureau for ten years, originally the maximum term for FBI directors. However, The Hill reports President Obama asked Congress for an extended term in order …

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