According to a recent report by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), the FBI’s face-recognition database has 411.9 million images and most of the people on the images are those who did not commit any crimes.
GAO also added that the FBI’s Facial Analysis, Comparison, and Evaluation Services Unit contains not only 30 million mug shots, but also has access to driver license photos from 16 states, the State Department’s visa and passport database, and the biometric database maintained by the Defense Department. The GAO report had been released nearly two years after the Federal Bureau of Investigation had confirmed that their face-recognition project reached the “full operational capability” phase. The whole project is combined with the fingerprint database. GAO describes the whole project, the privacy of the persons in the database and the accuracy in their report:
“The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) operates the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System (NGI-IPS)—a face recognition service that allows law enforcement agencies to search a database of over 30 million photos to support criminal investigations. NGI-IPS users include the FBI and selected state and local law enforcement agencies, which can submit search requests to help