Tuesday, January 15, 2008

FBI wants instant access to international identity data

According to the Guardian, the FBI is looking to get a number of nations onboard an internatioal biometric database creepily named "Server in the Sky":

FBI wants instant access to British identity data Special reports Guardian Unlimited

... The FBI told the Guardian: "Server in the Sky is an FBI initiative designed to foster the advanced search and exchange of biometric information on a global scale. While it is currently in the concept and design stages, once complete it will provide a technical forum for member nations to submit biometric search requests to other nations. It will maintain a core holding of the world's 'worst of the worst' individuals. Any identifications of these people will be sent as a priority message to the requesting nation."

Participants in this initiative include the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as part of a working group called the "International Information Consortium".

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