Have you ever been fingerprinted for a job, school or to obtain welfare benefits? Or used a retinal scanner to get through a security checkpoint? Or been somewhere where a surveillance camera is using facial recognition software? If so, there’s a chance the FBI has a copy of your biometric data in their Next Generation Identification System. Your biometric information sits alongside similar data on tens of millions of criminal suspects, arrestees and convicts. Federal Law requires — at least in theory — that you have the right to look at any such data, to correct any inaccuracies, and to be notified when changes are made to the database. But now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to exempt itself from all of the requirements of the U.S. Privacy Act. Ava Kofman has been covering this story for The Intercept, and she joined Brian Standing on Monday, June 20, 2016.
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