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Extension Necessary to Submit Comments Regarding FBI’s Proposal to Exempt ID Database from Key Provisions of Privacy Act

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in the process of deploying a vast new biometric database called the Next Generation Identification system, which would collect fingerprints, facial images, palm prints, photos of tattoos, and other biometric information that would be searchable for both criminal and civil purposes.  Although the system has been in the works since 2008, the FBI only recently released details about the system’s operation, and has given the public only 30 days to comment. CDT joined 45 other civil liberties and privacy groups in asking the FBI for more time.