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Interpol’s biometric database
Global security authorities are to push for a huge biometric facial scan database
travellers so they can cross-check everyone against a database of terror suspects,
international criminals and fugitives. Interpol, the International Criminal Police
Organization, is planning to expand its role into the mass screening of passengers
moving around the world by creating a face recognition database to catch wanted suspects,
according to a report in The Guardian.
The database will hold the records of every citizen who has ever travelled in and
out of the virtually every country in the world. Moves are underway to phase out
passport control officers at airports and replace them with biometric face scanning
cameras. The automated face recognition gates match passengers to a digital image
stored on a microchip in the new e-passports. Interpol wants a facial database to
be linked into this technology and used in conjunction with its already existing
fingerprint and DNA databases.
The vast array of databases currently being employed by intelligence agencies, government
and law enforcement agencies worldwide are designed to be linked together in a system
will tie in the management and control of all facets of life for citizens to one
Earlier this year we reported on the announcement of a vast intelligence programme
to establish a global biometric database known as ‘Server in the Sky’ that will collate
and provide an
‘International Information Consortium’ with access to the biometric measurements
information of citizens across the globe in the name of fighting the ‘war on terror’.
As reported by the London Guardian, the plan is being formulated by the FBI with
the cooperation of the home offices and law enforcement agencies of American allies.
The use of such technology will not be limited to the passport control office. A
2007 British government report proposed an extensive upgrade to CCTV systems all
across the country to incorporate facial scanning technology. The report suggested
a central database of every camera and a network. In the US there are several schemes
that use Facial Recognition Technology in conjunction with Federal agencies, tying
the technology to traditional documents such as drivers’ licenses, passports and
A biometric face recognition system has already been approved in China and is expected
to be used at airports, customs entrances, banks, post offices, residential areas
and other public places in the near future. In Japan facial scanning cameras are
being installed in train and bus stations to replace tickets in a move to make the
individual features of the face a ‘unique bar code’ as part of an anti-terrorism
and anti-crime initiative. Police in Tokyo are also asking home and shop owners to
mount the cameras outside their properties.