Michigan, Washington, Florida and North Carolina will participate in a
test of the new search tool this winter before it is offered to criminal
justice professionals across the country in 2014 as part of NGI. The
project, which was awarded to Lockheed Martin Corp. in 2008, already has upgraded the FBI's fingerprint matching service.
The planned addition of facial searches worries Sunita Patel, a staff
attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, who said, "Any
database of personal identity information is bound to have mistakes. And
with the most personal immutable traits like our facial features and
fingerprints, the public can't afford a mistake."
FBI officials would not disclose the name of the search product or
the vendor, but said they gained insights on the technique's accuracy by
studying research from the National Institute of Standards and
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