Thursday, July 19, 2012

FBI wants a tattoo database

"The FBI has started collecting information from academia, private industry and law enforcement agencies with the goal of creating a tattoo database to augment its collection of biometric data. The bureau’s biometric clearinghouse, known as the Biometric Center for Excellence (BCOE), builds databases and tools related to fingerprints, DNA and iris scans.

The FBI distributed a request for information last week to start gathering information about the technical and qualitative nature of the tattoo databases it intends to draw from. Some of the questions included in the request are: “How is information extracted from the database?” and “Are experts (gang experts, cryptanalysts) elicited to incorporate possible meanings?”

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