EPIC has just received documents about the FBI's Rap Back program. The FBI now routinely collects biometric data for ongoing background checks on nongovernment employees. In response to EPIC's FOIA request, the FBI is currently reviewing thousands of pages about the "Rap Back" program. Rap Back is part of the FBI's Next Generation Identification initiative, one of the largest biometric databases in the world, tied to data centers managed by the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and other government agencies. EPIC previously sued the FBI for documents about the NGI database and uncovered agency acceptance of high error rates. For more information, see Spotlight on Surveillance: Next Generation Identification.
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by Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin,