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FBI combined criminal, military, civil background check fingerprint data before OPM hack


Nobody Asked MeBeing a job seeker isn’t a crime. But the FBI has made a big change in how it deals with fingerprints that might make it seem that way. For the first time, fingerprints and biographical information sent to the FBI for a background check will be stored and searched right along with fingerprints taken for criminal purposes.

The change, which the FBI revealed quietly in a February 2015 Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA), means that if you ever have your fingerprints taken for licensing or for a background check, they will most likely end up living indefinitely in the FBI’s NGI database. They’ll be searched thousands of times a day by law enforcement agencies across the country—even if your prints didn’t match any criminal records when they were first submitted to the system.

In other words, if you have ever been in the military, or been background checked for a job for the government, your fingerprints are not not only in government records, but in the hands of everyone (ie, the Chinese) who ever hacked those government records, and now will have the shiny new feature of being searched alongside the criminal fingerprint database when police check a crime scene.

This entry was published Mon Oct 26 09:28:19 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-10-26 09:28:19.0. [Tweet]

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