FBI Pays Out $1 Billion For Big Brother
The Federal Bureau of Investigation — in a move that smells more of the Ministry of Love — has announced a $1,000,000,000 plan to build the largest biometric database in the world, and to do it in the next ten years.
Biometrics — information used to recognize and differentiate humans by physical and behavioral characteristics — has fascinated scientists and science fiction for years. Any spy film worth its salt has a fingerprint scanner, retina analysis, or voice recognition software, and scientists have been working hard to make these things a reality. And they have: USB-powered fingerprint scanners are available for around $30. Now, however, the FBI has plans to take biometrics from cutting edge to creepy, by spending $1 billion over the next ten years compiling a database of fingerprints, iris patters, physical data like face shapes and scars, and maybe even voice and body language.
According to the assistant director of the FBI's riminal Justice Information Services Division, the program is "Bigger. Faster. Better. That's the bottom line." One might argue a better tag-line would have been "Big Brother Is Watching You."
Justin Ryan is a Contributing Editor for Linux Journal.
Getting Started with DevOps - Including New Data on IT Performance from Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps Report
August 27, 2015
12:00 PM CDT
DevOps represents a profound change from the way most IT departments have traditionally worked: from siloed teams and high-anxiety releases to everyone collaborating on uneventful and more frequent releases of higher-quality code. It doesn't matter how large or small an organization is, or even whether it's historically slow moving or risk averse — there are ways to adopt DevOps sanely, and get measurable results in just weeks.
Free to Linux Journal readers.Register Now!
|Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory, Part II||Jul 29, 2015|
|Hacking a Safe with Bash||Jul 28, 2015|
|KDE Reveals Plasma Mobile||Jul 28, 2015|
|Huge Package Overhaul for Debian and Ubuntu||Jul 23, 2015|
|diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development||Jul 22, 2015|
|Shashlik - a Tasty New Android Simulator||Jul 21, 2015|
- Secure Server Deployments in Hostile Territory, Part II
- Hacking a Safe with Bash
- KDE Reveals Plasma Mobile
- Huge Package Overhaul for Debian and Ubuntu
- The Controversy Behind Canonical's Intellectual Property Policy
- Home Automation with Raspberry Pi
- Shashlik - a Tasty New Android Simulator
- Embed Linux in Monitoring and Control Systems
- diff -u: What's New in Kernel Development
- General Relativity in Python