Child ID App from FBI

Posted on Tuesday, Aug 9 2011 on 12:00 AM

"You're shopping at the mall with your children when one of them suddenly disappears. A quick search of the nearby area is unsuccessful. What do you do?" That's the question the Federal Bureau of Investigation has asked parents.

Their solution? A new app, the first ever to come out of the United State's crime-fighting agency. According to their press release, the app will enable users to quickly show pictures and provide physical descriptions to authorities in the event of a child abduction.
"The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing. ... We encourage you to share the word about this app with family and friends, especially during upcoming activities in your communities to raise awareness on crime and drug prevention."

Some have raised issues that this is Big Brother trying to keep tabs on you and expand their facial recognition database. The FBI has tried to lay those concerns to rest and assures users that it is not collecting photos, information, or GPS data via the app.

Currently the app is only available for iOS. Children of Android and Windows Phone users apparently aren't as important to the Bureau.


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