FBI plans iris scan database

The FBI is building a database of iris scans and plans to be ready to test it by 2014, according to a report in NextGov. The database is intended to make it possible to track criminals more quickly.

The project, called the Next-Generation Identification system, will build on the existing fingerprint database, expanding its server capacity and adding additional physical identifiers, reports Aliya Sternstein. Iris scans are among those additional identifiers, and so are facial features and palm prints.

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