FBI expanding access to fingerprint database

The State Department will provide all consulates and embassies with the ability to use the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System.

The FBI is ready to move out of the test stage in sharing fingerprint data with other agencies. Tom Bush, assistant director at the bureau’s Criminal Justice Information Service (CJIS) office, today said the FBI is going forward on all fronts to extend access to its Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) database to the Defense, Homeland Security and State departments. Bush, who spoke at a lunch in Washington sponsored by the Industry Advisory Council, said civilian agencies account for about 54 percent of the checks against IAFIS. He also said with the interoperability success, CJIS hopes to expand the intelligence community’s use of the databases. Bush said IAFIS was built to do about 62,000 fingerprint checks a day, but it is handling more than 115,000 a day. He said that is the main reason the FBI is upgrading IAFIS to the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system. Industry submitted proposals earlier this month, and Bush said an award is expected by December. NGI will be a multimodal system that will address FBI and law enforcement needs in addition to DOD and intelligence community requirements. “We need a scalable, flexible standard operating system,” Bush said. “It will use iris recognition as well as fingerprints.” NGI also will access the National Palm Print system and the Interstate Photo System, Bush said. But until NGI is implemented, the FBI will continue to integrate IAFIS and DHS’ IDENT system and expand access to IAFIS. Bush said State will begin using IAFIS in all its consulates and embassies worldwide by Dec. 31. The department has been pilot testing the system in 12 locations since October 2006. During about the past two years, State has processed more than 268,000 fingerprints and found more than 1,300 people using a false identity. Bush said the FBI integrated the Known Suspected Terrorist list into IAFIS this month, and that will be an important part of an international information exchange the bureau is working on called Server in the Sky. The Server in the Sky program is just getting started, he said. “We currently trade fingerprints with international partners on paper,” Bush said. “The plan is to put only biometric information in the server with a unique identifier to address security and privacy concerns.” The FBI has proposed three data types for the initiative, including internationally recognized terrorists and felons, major felons from each country and terrorists with and without convictions, and suspected terrorists or felons. The initial countries may include the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom, and Bush said the bureau would like the pilot to start in mid-2008. The FBI and DHS are pilot testing this concept through the interim data-sharing model. “We would have a database of the worst of the worst terrorists that we would all access, and then the other data would be accessed through a shared-service approach,” he said. Bush also said the FBI will begin merging the Law Enforcement Online (LEO) system with its UNet — both are Internet service providers for law enforcement agencies. LEO also will likely serve as a way for officers to access N-Dex — the law enforcement national data exchange project. Bush said the first capabilities of N-Dex should be launched in February. “We are looking for wireless capabilities for LEO and will have to redo our data center,” he said in describing the FBI’s upcoming priorities. “We also are looking at how to expand two-factor authentication to our end users.”
X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.