FBI adds tattoos and their potential meanings to biometric databases

July 19, 2012 - 

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will be adding tattoo art to its biometric database.

The FBI has issued a “Request for Information” seeking information from academia, industry, or law enforcement entities related to any current databases containing tattoo images, their possible meanings, gang affiliations, terrorist groups or other criminal organizations.

The collected data will be added to FBI’s Biometric Center of Excellence, which is presently responsible for creating and improving biometric databases. These biometric databases currently are comprised of fingerprints, irises, and DNA samples.

Although the FBI has yet to respond to media questions regarding the integration of tattoo art into its biometric database, it can be deduced that this new search profile will help investigators identify suspects more efficiently.

What do you think? Will the creation of a tattoo database help the FBI and other law enforcement agencies solve crimes more quickly? Let us know in the comments.

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About Raze Machan

Raze Machan writes full time for BiometricUpdate.com and graduated with a of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Central Philippine University. She has been a tech industry writer since 2003. Follow her @Razemachan.