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Mugged: Inside the shady industry that profits on mugshot photos

Why you might be in the FBI's facial recognition database

 

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Are faces the new fingerprints? In Mugged, our hourlong documentary investigation into the mugshot industry, we found it’s not just shadowy for-profit websites and newspapers using mugshots in controversial ways. It’s also the federal government.

52 million facial photos are ending up in one giant FBI biometrics database called Next Generation Identification. Investigators are collecting mugshots, as well as photos of people who were never arrested. It’s the first time the has FBI merged criminal and non-criminal photos in the same database.

Civil liberties advocates are concerned about how this information will be used, particularly its impact on personal privacy and the chilling effect it may have on free speech. Watch the video above to find out how the FBI’s mugshot database could affect you.

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